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My name is Meg and I am currently a third year medical student. During my surgery rotation in my third year of medical school, one of the patients on our service was a Jehovah’s Witness who became anemic. In my institution’s “Physician, Patient, and Society” course, it was repeatedly emphasized to us that healthcare providers should not force competent patients to accept treatments that they do not want. Respecting patient autonomy is one of the cardinal rules of medicine that should never be violated, even if that means that the patient will not survive. Since the topic of Jehovah’s Witnesses… Read More
By Kristin Potterbusch, MPH The Illustrated Case Study series contains two separate resources on topics critical to the future of integrated behavioral and physical health provision: chronic disease and trauma and sexual history as a vital sign. These drawn depictions of best practices and client experiences were created to offer an alternative learning pathway that would expand the ways we currently educate providers who function within integrated care settings (and beyond). During 2020, the majority of upskilling options for health and affiliated health providers shifted towards virtual methods, such as webinars. Our team was interested in diversifying and challenging the… Read More
The Graphic Medicine Community is now on Discord, which is an app and website to allow people to communicate. There are different “channels” where people can discuss given topics, such as current projects, book discussions, discussions about graphic medicine, and even a place to share pictures of your cats, dogs, birds and more. There are also voice channels where people can chat together. It is a great place to keep up with graphic medicine news and with the community in general. Click here to join the Graphic Medicine server. Never used Discord before? Check out this beginner’s guide https://support.discord.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045138571.
Guest post by: Nealie Tan Ngo When I first read Grace Chiang’s New York Times article, “Healing the Whole Family”, I was struck by how much I saw myself and my family reflected in her words. It was comforting—validating, even—to read about her feelings of anxiety, despair, and loneliness while constantly chasing after her parents’ approval as a first-generation Asian American. It felt like she was saying, “I understand what you’ve been through. I’ve been there.” However, what interested me the most was her discussion of intergenerational trauma (also referred to as trans- or multigenerational trauma), what part it may… Read More
by On Brian Kelley On December 8th, 2021 a dermatologist removed a mole from my back. Less than a week later, I learned that I have melanoma. Confronting melanoma through comics is my first real concerted step inside of the realm of graphic medicine–not because it is self-indulgent, but because it is a channel that helps me grapple and survive what is happening alongside the support of family and friends. Drawing, quite literally, was my first friend. There is an intimacy with drawing. It can feel like you are touching the soft edges of something or someone. Drawing allows me… Read More
I started my illustrations with the intention of sharing evidence-based information about health in a simple and non-threatening way. I believe that the more knowledge you have, the healthier you can be. An informed patient can also help medical professionals make quicker and better decisions. I wanted to create a safe space for my followers where no topic is taboo; to encourage dialogue and build supportive communities around different health issues. ‘Hen’ comes from the Swedish gender-neutral pronoun. It was originally created for equal employment opportunities. In Hen World, we normalize the conversation around gender and health. Nobody should be… Read More
The Graphic Medicine International Collective (GMIC), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to guide and support the uses of comics in health, is thrilled to announce an award for outstanding health-related comic project completed and/or published in 2021. The award winner will be announced (live and live-streamed) during our 2022 Graphic Medicine Conference in Chicago. This award was made possible by a generous matching gift in Honor of Nancy and Herbert Wolf. Nancy and Herb were married for 61 years. They raised four children and enjoyed their two grandchildren. Nancy was an artist, especially skilled at needlepoint, and a medical… Read More
Alice Jaggers is joined by Ebru Ustundag and MK Czerwiec in a conversation about what happened in the graphic medicine community in 2021 and a sneak preview of 2022. Relevant Links 2021 Un-convention Padlet for the 2021 Un-convention Drawing Together Archive Specifically mentioned: Walking, Communication, Lynda Barry Cards for Honest Conversations about Feelings 2022 Chicago Graphic Medicine Conference Books mentioned Most all of the books mentioned can be found on the Bookshop List: Graphic Medicine Podcast Mentions 2021 Graphic Medicine Books Doc-Related: A Physician’s Guide to Fixing Our Ailing Health Care System by Peter Valenzuela, MD Two-Week Wait by Luke… Read More
The 2nd International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East (online) April 9-10, 2022 Doha, Qatar Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022 The 2nd International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East invites proposals for oral presentations, posters, and creative work on the topics of design and medicine, art and medicine, narrative medicine, philosophy of medicine, medical ethics and narrative ethics, expressive arts therapies, literature and medicine, history of medicine, the anthropology, psychology, and sociology of medicine/health care and other humanistic initiatives within the context of health, medicine, and medical education in the Middle East and North Africa… Read More