Welcome to the new Graphic Medicine blog. This is MK in Chicago (for now!) The organizing committee of the 2012 Comics & Medicine conference is planning to use this space for all announcements related to the 2012 conference and beyond. In the coming weeks, we will be tweaking the look of the site, announcing the 2012 conference theme, dates, and venue, as well as putting out the call for papers. So watch this space – we have many surprises in store!
In February, 2009, 16 medical students in their final year at Penn State College of Medicine enrolled in an elective course in Medical Humanities called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives.” The course was developed to show fourth-year medical students “how graphics and text can be used to effectively communicate complex medical narratives, and [to] develop their own stories into graphic depictions.” Taught seminar-style, the course requirements were minimal: participate in all classroom activities, be good colleagues to one another, and produce a short, original, illustrated story, or “Comic.” Of course not all medical students are naturally gifted writers or artists,… Read More