After intros and an overview of the syllabus and course schedule, I acknowledged the recent death of Tyre Nichols in our city of Memphis. Prior to class, it was difficult to anticipate what this conversation would look like with students that I had not met yet, but I wanted to make space for grappling with yet another incidence of police brutality in our nation.
The students launched into a discussion about the readings and specifically the AMA table about key principles and associated terminology (see below).
*Read Part II of Rita Charon, Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (pgs 65-104).
Some highlights of our conversation include:
-Person-first language. i.e. the impact of “underserved communities” vs. “communities that have been underserved by/with limited access to ____”
-Difference between when people choose to identify with certain words vs. when labels are imposed on them by others (i.e. victim, survivor)
-Does altering language affect clinical care and/or outcomes? Does raising awareness about the importance of person-first language actually alter patient-provider relationships?
We discussed ways that people are “made vulnerable” and about what is meant by the idea that “we need to change the narrative,” and we closed with a reflective writing exercise about experiences with healthcare.
My Week 2 lesson plan and slides are included below: