The February 2018 issue of the AMA’s online Journal of Ethics is devoted entirely to Graphic Medicine and Health Care Ethics. It’s an open access journal and, in addition to fourteen articles discussing the issue’s topic, it also includes an interview with two comic artists who created important works of graphic medicine, Brian Fies and Phoebe Potts. Be sure to check the entire issue out. Lots of great stuff in it.
The AMA has also conducted two special online features to accompany the issue. The first was a week-long online discussion forum titled, “Using Comics to Promote Person-Centered Medicine.” Participants were able to post questions. Designated experts and other participants stepped up to answer the questions posed. A rich discussion (17 questions with 118 answers!) is archived here. It requires minimal registration on the site (username, password).
The second online feature to accompany the special issue was a Twitter meet up, using the hashtag #EthicsChat. Ian and MK, who co-run the Graphic Medicine website were the “resident experts” but many members of the GM community answered questions as well. The #EthicsChat focused on how clinicians can use comics to explore ethical themes in their health care practice. The hour long chat generally revolved around nine questions posed by AMA and had much engagement, was fast paced – a bit dizzying to follow (in a good way) – and, like the discussion forum above, very informative. Thanks to University of Michigan medical librarian Patricia Anderson, the chat is archived here, at least until May.