699E Research Elective in
Medical Humanities and Social Sciences
Johanna Shapiro, Ph.D.
HUMANITIES RESEARCH TOPICS
Christina Umber – “Emotional Coping of Medical Students”
Lauren Ross – "Value, Dysmenorrhea and the Definition of Disease."
Jennifer Alloo – "Narrative Medicine: A Medical Student’s Experiment in Becoming a Reflective Doctor."
Christina Hamilton – “The Tree of Medicine: Tibetan Health Beliefs”
Jonathan Kirsten – “Success, Suffering, and Stigma Within the Model Minority”
Kristina Coale – “The Humanity of Curative Care and Palliative Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”
Marco Angulo - "Lost Talent? MCAT and GPA Thresholds for Prediction of Medical School Success"
Warren Davis – “Clinical Empathy: Can It Be Taught?”
Katherine Homann – “How Technology Will Shape the Future of Emergency Medicine."
Gunjan Christensen – Educational/health programs serving HIV+ patients in India
Beverly Cho – Medical Readers Theater: An Innovative Method for Educating Medical Students about Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Healthcare
Bryan Ellerson – Divergent Assumptions Underlying Healthcare Models: A Cross-Cultural Comparison
John Rose – Health Disparities in the OR
Renzo Cardena – Essentials of Public Health
Esmeralda Moran – Health Promotion
Eva Boyd - Medical Students and International Volunteering: What We Can Give and What We Can Take Away
Akta Patel - Grey’s Anatomy: Dissecting the Popular Medical Drama
Carl Smith – Curanderismo in the U.S.
Darren Raphael - Hispanic Health and Health Care Access Disparities: A Photographic Journey
Cristian Jivcu - Trained Incapacity and Occupational Psychosis in the Medical Profession
Polly Sacks – Personal and Professional Reflections on Hurricane Katrina
Sayeh Beheshti - Personal and Societal Views of Illness Described in Selected 19th and 20th Century Fiction
Brenda Jensen - Effects and Coping Styles of Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities.
Cyrus Khaledy - Analysis of Children’s Drawing for a Possible Early Marker of Abuse
Gail Ryan – A Doctor’s Diary: A Comic Strip Approach to Death and Dying
Amir Bernaba - How Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Reinforce and Challenge Societal Paradigms of Loss and Restitution in Relation to Illness, Abuse, and Medical Intervention
Elena Ruiz – Quinceanera: Exploration of Physician Emotional Caring and Connection with Pediatric Patients
Jade Jeng - Max and the Mission: Invisible! (a training manual for pediatric MRI)
Polly Niravath – Clinical Distance vs. Emotional Involvement: A Closer Look at the Oncologist’s Role in Patient Care
Grainne McEvoy - Medicine and the Poetry of Edward Taylor
UC Medical Humanities Consortium Research Stipends
Because of our affiliation with the UC Medical Humanities Consortium, we are able to offer a small number of summer stipend awards for 1st year medical students to support medical-humanities related research.
Nina Narasimhalu – “Superimposing Shakespeare on Modern Medicine: How Physicians Continually Find Meaning and Inspiration in their Work”
Stephanie Le – “Cultural Aspects of the Patient-Doctor Relationship in a Vietnamese Population”
Laura Doan – “Changes in Medicine from the 1920’s to Today: Exploring the Life Story Narratives of Patients Age 65 and Over”
David Cheng – “Perceptions of Physicians Attitudes toward Pain Symptoms in a Geriatric Population”