MD ID 7110 (2021/2022)

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MD ID 7110 - Layers of Medicine: Digging Deeper
The Layers of Medicine series of courses is an ongoing dialogue about the interdisciplinary complexities and challenges of health care. This dialogue is rooted in both the very large and the very small. We will attend to the 'big picture' conceptualization of what medical care means and the broader socio-cultural factors that shape its delivery. At the same time, we will attend closely to the unique particularities of the patient-doctor relationship: analyzing ethically and practically challenging scenarios and examining issues of professionalism in medicine.


Section 1: Navigating the Hierarchy
Instructors: Dr. Michael Tragakis (Psychiatry) and Dr. Awais Riaz (Neurology)
Dates: January 13 - March 17
Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Description: This is a Layers of Medicine elective designed for students who have started their journey from the classroom to the clinic. Students will be provided practical guidance on navigating the implicit and explicit medical hierarchies with the student/resident at the center of a complicated web of senior residents, attendings, hospital administration, the medical profession and medical specialty organizations, as well as the society at-large and government. Students will also be provided with guidance on how to navigate person-level hierarchies (e.g., how to build a strong relationship with team members, residents and attendings), while also learning about how to spur change within the new systems in which students will find themselves (e.g., various clinical settings, hospital systems).

Section 2: Radical Listening at the End of Life
Instructors: Dr. Susan Sample (Ethics, Arts & Humanities) and Dr. Jenny Wei (Palliative Medicine)
Dates: March 22 - April 28 (no class April 5 & 7)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Description: Medical training focuses on the preservation of life, which may seem to imply that care of patients deemed medically futile and/or dying is not the physician's responsibility. In this course, students will view a variety of narratives-articles, essays, poems, movies, music, artwork-to re-examine end-of-life care and ethics. By reading and discussing narrative by and about diverse patients and professionals, students will learn how to "think with" stories. Through writing about their own experiences, students may better understand the social isolation and fear of dying patient; through "radical listening," they may redefine their role in helping patients live meaningfully to the end.

Medicine, Interdepartmental
Credit Range
2 - 2
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Case,Gretchen (DC) |
Pippitt,Karly (DD) | karly.pippitt@hsc.utah.eduRiaz,Awais (DD) | awais.riaz@hsc.utah.eduCase,Gretchen (DD) |,Susan (DD) |
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Available Sections

Title Tags Year Start/End C S W
MD ID 7110 - Layers of Medicine: Navigating the Hierarchy ELECTIVE 2021/2022 01/13/2022 - 03/17/2022 2 7 0
MD ID 7110 - Layers of Medicine: Radical Listening at the End of Life ELECTIVE 2021/2022 03/22/2022 - 04/28/2022 2 0 0
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