BPER – Graphic Medicine as a Resource for HPE

Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER): Graphic Medicine as a Resource for Health Professional Education

May 7, 2019 (12pm-1pm) 
*no registration required

Li Ka Shing Building, 209 Victoria Street, 2nd Floor
Allan Waters Family Auditorium (LKSKI Auditorium)

Speaker: Shelley Wall, MScBMC PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Communications Program,
Institute of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
Biology Department, University of Toronto Mississauga
Chair, Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator (ARC-MI)

Session Description:
The field of “graphic medicine”—that is, the intersection of comics and health care—encompasses the study of comics and graphic novels about health care and illness, the creation of comics as vehicles for learning and reflection among health care professionals, and the use of comics as an alternative means of communication about serious health and bioscience topics to patient populations and the lay public. This area of study has become firmly established in the past decade, with peer-reviewed publications in high-profile journals such as the BMJ, a dedicated book series out of Penn State Press, official recognition via a regular feature in Annals of Internal Medicine, comics incorporated into electives in some medical schools as a resource for professional identity formation, and an annual international conference.

This presentation will give a brief overview of the field, introduce some key publications, consider the growing evidence for the efficacy of visual narrative in health care education, and model one hands-on exercise for incorporating graphic medicine in an educational context.

Learning Objectives:
After participation in this session, learners will be able to:
–       Define the field of graphic medicine
–       Locate resources in the field of graphic medicine
–       Describe the language of comics using discipline-specific vocabulary
–       Identify opportunities to incorporate graphic medicine into health professional education


Sameena Ahmed │ Education Program Coordinator – Centre for Faculty Development
Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
T 416-864-6060 x76215 │ E ahmedsam@smh.ca | cfd.utoronto.ca