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Graphic Storytelling & Medical Narratives

A collection of graphic stories by fourth-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine 2014 Edited by: Michael Green, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P.


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This is the 6th edition of “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives,� a series of short comics produced by medical students at Penn State College of Medicine. In 2014, eight 4th-year medical students enrolled in a Humanities elective course worked for 4 weeks to create these comics.

page 1 Alex Burton The Test Cycle 4 Eugene Won I was 21 years old

The course was developed as a way to use comics as a vehicle for reflecting about the medical profession and a way for students to creatively express themselves and share their experiences. The past several years have seen an explosion in comics that explore the experience of illness from a variety of perspectives. These comics use text and images to demonstrate themes such as empathy, the doctor-patient relationship, communication, and a variety of emotional responses to illness. Students study these works, then create their own original comics.

8 Mirza Baig Intu-Whatt???: An Anesthesia Tale

13 Jordan Humphrey Faces

23 Richard Tangel Fear of the Unknown

Taught seminar-style, the course requirements are minimal: participate in all classroom activities, be good colleagues to one another, and produce a short, original graphic narrative. Although most of the students have little or no experience drawing comics, they nevertheless produce heartfelt stories that are often funny, always moving, and universally revealing of the culture of medicine in which the students are immersed. I hope you enjoy this sixth edition of medical student comics produced by the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine!

Michael Green, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P. Course Director Professor of Humanities and Medicine

17 Pelumi Adedayo Listen Up!

27 Sam de los Reyes 36 Weeks

32 Shane Lavin Whatever Floats Your Boat


The Test Cycle

Alex Burton

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21 Years Old

Eugene Won

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Intu-Whatt??: An Anesthesia Tale

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Mirza Baig


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Faces

Jordan Humphrey

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Listen Up!

Pelumi Adedayo

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Fear of the Unknown

Richard Tangel

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36 Weeks

Sam de los Reyes

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Whatever Floats Your Boat

Shane Lavin

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Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities, H134 500 University Drive, P.O. Box 850 Hershey, PA 17033-0850 (717) 531-8778 To view a complete listing of graphic narratives created by the fourth year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine visit us at: http://www2.med.psu.edu/humanities/?p=121


2014 graphic narratives comic book