Medical Student Education

Important Dates


Educational Objectives


Educational Support

T2 Electives



Not Offered Fall 2016

Course Overview

A discussion group focusing on the application of literature and film to medical education and practice

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Encourage students to understand the humanities as an integral part of comprehensive medical education.
  • Provide a platform for students and faculty to discuss illness, healing, and dying from ethical, humanistic, and culturally sensitive perspectives.
  • Integrate the insights of literature and literary analysis and into our practice and teaching of medicine.




INTERN, By Doctor X (1965)
"shattering revelations from a young doctor's tape-recorded diary of his life an intern... 'immediate, authentic, fascinating'"
Beasts of the Southern Wild (film)

Selected shorts of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez:
"Death Constant Beyond Love"
"Man With Wings"


Selected shorts of Jorge Luis Borges:
"The Immoral"

Previous Readings

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
  • God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet
  • Philadelphia (movie)
  • Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
  • A Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • 12 Angry Men (film)
  • Tweak: Growing Up On Amphetamines by Nic Sheff andBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
  • If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne short story selections
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • Selections from A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (film version of the play by Edward Albee)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Marc Haddon
  • The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald


Previous Screenings:

  • Harold and Maude
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Contact Information

     Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Marc Kahn
     Course Coordinator: Lauren Boehm, Adharsh Ponnapakkam
     Session:  1, 2, 3
  Murphy Building, Room 202, twice per month, 12:00-1:00 PM
     Enrollment:  1st and 2nd year medical students, limit 20


1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112