Medical Student Education

Important Dates


Educational Objectives


Educational Support

T2 Electives



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 and appreciate the role of humanities in being an important part of a comprehensive medical school curriculum.
  • Provide a platform for students and faculty to discuss illness, healing, and dying from ethical, humanistic, and culturally sensitive perspectives.
  • Integrate our experiences with the humanities into our practice and teaching of medicine.



The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Beasts of the Southern Wild (film)

Selected shorts: By the Light of the Jukebox by Dr. Dean Paschal, an emergency room physician at the VA who will be joining us for our discussion
The Plague by Albert Camus

Island by Aldous Huxley
Cat People (film)

Selected shorts: Flannery O'Connor
Home by Toni Morrison

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Selected shorts: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.
Play (TBD - we'll be reading and viewing a performance of a play that is showing locally)

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
  • 1 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 and Beautiful 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: Megan Curtis, David Fink, Matt Hallowell, Megan Terle, and William Vail
     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 504-988-5263