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Comics and Medicine Lectures and Workshops!

The Medical Humanities & Social Justice in Health Care Student group has partnered with the Division of Humanism and Ethics at the University of Louisville and the Stambaugh Lecture series in Medical Humanities to bring MK Czerwiec, RN, MA and Michael Green, MD to the University of Louisville April 11th and 12th. These medical educators will provide a series of workshops and lectures focused on comics and medicine, including ones on the use of comics in medical education, comics and caregiving, and comic creation by non-drawers.  Join us to learn more about reading medically themed comics and graphic novels to become better caregivers, ways for medical educators to use comics in their teaching, and also learn exercises and methods for creating comics.  

• Thursday, April 11th 12-1pm: "Graphic Medicine: Can Comics Make Us Better Caregivers?" with MK Czerwiec, RN, MA University of Louisville Health Sciences Campus, School of Nursing (K Building) room 4003, reception to follow in K Building room 2023 REGISTER HERE
• Thursday, April 11th 3:30pm-5pm: Workshop on creating comics with Michael Green, MD, MS & MK Czerwiec, RN, MA University of Louisville Health Sciences Campus, School of Dentistry room 127 (enter on Preston Street) REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by the Student Government Association at the University of Louisville and the James L. Stambaugh Foundation


Presenter Bios:

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA is a nurse and comics artist. Her clinical experience is in HIV/AIDS care, hospice care, and nursing administration. She earned a master's degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University. She is currently the Artist in Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, where she teaches seminar called “Drawing Medicine” to M1 & M2 students. She co-runs the Graphic Medicine website and hosts the Graphic Medicine podcast. As a freelance cartoonist, Czerwiec is currently working on patient-focused interventional comics for two University of Chicago Medical School research studies, is co-author of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto (working title) for Penn State University Press, and creating her first graphic novel, Taking Turns: A Careography.

Michael Green M.D., M.S. is a physician and bioethicist at the Penn State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee, and Director of the Program in Bioethics, and is Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine, where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics. He has published numerous articles and received many grant awards for his research, which most recently has focused on helping patients make informed decisions with the help of interactive computer-based decision aids. He has had a life-long interest in comics, and for the past several years has taught a popular course on Comics and Medicine to 4th-year medical students at Penn State. Along with MK, he is one of the co-authors of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto (working title) for Penn State University Press, and recently published a graphic narrative called "Missed It" in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which was the first time a clinical medical journal has published such a story using the comic format.


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