The July issue of Academic Medicine is now available online!

journal club2“Making strange” is often an underappreciated function of the humanities in medical education. The authors of one July article describe how literature and the arts disrupt our assumptions and ways of acting so that we see ourselves and others anew, a process key to building patient-physician relationships. Other articles describe the recent Choosing Wisely campaign, discuss the role of feedback in addressing faculty members’ unprofessional actions, and assess the perceptions of Ghanaian medical students who studied abroad at the University of Michigan. Keep reading below for more details on these articles. Read the entire July issue online at or on your iPad using the Academic Medicine for iPad app.

“Making Strange”: A Role for the Humanities in Medical Education
Kumagai and Wear posit the concept of “enstrangement” as an important function of humanities education, whereby portraying practices and people disrupts one’s perspectives so that the world is seen anew.

Engaging Physicians and Consumers in Conversations about Treatment Overuse and Waste: A Short History of the Choosing Wisely Campaign
Sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Consumer Reports, and specialty medical societies, Wolfson and colleagues describe the Choosing Wisely campaign, which embraces professional values and encourages patient-physician conversations to reduce unnecessary care.

Feedback Matters: The Impact of an Intervention by the Dean on Unprofessional Faculty at One Medical School
Qualitative analysis of graduating students’ descriptions of unprofessional faculty informed one-on-one conversations with the dean. Faculty nominated as least professional were likely to show improved ratings afterward.

Perceptions of Ghanaian Medical Students Completing a Clinical Elective at the University of Michigan Medical School
Most Ghanaian students who studied at the University of Michigan Medical School and responded to a survey appreciated the experience. Many are now considering further studies abroad.

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