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Graphic Narratives

A collection of graphic stories by fourth-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine

Since 2009, fourth-year medical students at Penn State College of Bewildered Medical StudentMedicine have created comics as part of a course called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives.” The course was developed to show fourth-year medical students how graphics and text can be used to effectively communicate complex medical narratives, and to help students develop their own stories into graphic depictions.

Taught seminar-style, the course requirements are minimal: participate in all classroom activities, be good colleagues to one another, and produce a short, original, graphic narrative, or comic.

Of course not all medical students are naturally gifted writers or artists, but as one can see from the following pages, everyone can tell stories and everyone can draw pictures. While this course is unlike any other in their medical school experience, the students rise to the task, sharing their reflections on becoming a doctor with honesty, wit, and creativity.

Michael Green, MD, MS, FACP
Course Director, Professor of Humanities and Medicine

 Enjoy the following Graphic Narratives written and created by 4th year medical students.
Amrit Khalsa
Faces: The Inner Journey of Self Discovery
Through Medical School
Darrin Bann
Road Trip
Darrin Bann
Jenny Rice
Guys we are in Med School
Ji Lin
Chaos Corner
Ji Lin
Josh Davies
White Coats
Josh Davies
Lauren Parisi
Welcome to Hershey
Lauren Schmidt
Nikolai Tolstoy
4th Year
Alex Burton
The Test Cycle
Eugene Won
21 Years Old
Jordan Humphrey
Mirza Baig
Pelumi Adedayo
Listen Up
Sam de los Reyes
36 Weeks
Shane Lavin
Whatever Floats Your Boat
Richard Tangel
Fear of the Unknown
Trey Banbury
Jonathan Gandhi
Great Expectations
Jason Holmes
Being a Patient Made Me A Better Doctor
Matt Klocek
Megan Klocek
Spoiled Milk
Jessica Walrath
My Dream Vacation
Noelle Whyte
HMC Safari Adventure
Albert Cheung
At the Beginning of 4th Year...
Brian Sykes
Safe at Home
Jeffrey Monk
A Ghost of an Idea
Jonathan Chu
Case Files
Ryan Svoboda
Medical Ethics 101
Sara Faraq
The Game of Life:
Medical Student Edition
Sara Seibert
How a Green Chili Cheeseburger
Almost Killed My Aunt Cindy
Taylor Olmsted
The Taming of Tina
Annie Park
She Wolf:
How Lupus Changed My Heart
Arash Salavitabar
New Hope in Ecuador
Emmanuel Yacoub
Pediatric Clerkship
Katee Beaudry
Cherry Pie
Kavita Vakharia
Tales from the Trail
Kie Lee
First Day of Surgery Acting Internship
Mary Anne Carrillo
Life Lessons of the O.R.
R. Helpless, MS4
Nikkole Haines
A Call to Prayer
Yvonne Tsui
Adventures in the O.R.
Ashley Pistorio
Vita Perseverat
Erin Murata
Labor of Love
Godfrey Thuku
Beware of Your Hospital Visitors
Jordan Lichty
Justin Zelones
My Babies Cleft
Michael Pitzer
Medical Student:
A Tragic Comedy
Sasha Svendsen
Close But No Champagne
Shilpa Sawardekar
Based on a True Story...
Stamatis Zeris
The Psychiatry Residency
Interview Trail
Adrian Ionescu
Scrubbed In
Christian Squillante
Damian Dyckman
Defending a Dream
Dawn Flosnick
The Match
Diana Minto
The Short White Coat
Kathy Marshal
Orange You Glad I Didn't
Say Heart Attack
Ken Montini
Lindsey McCormick
A Quiet Night
Lisa DaPuzzo
Medical School Made Me a Doctor
Marlana Orloff
I Never Learned This
During Island Week
Michael Albin
Medical School
Made Me a Doctor
Nikhil Patel
Tasha Kouvatsos
The Game of Life
T. Staley
Medical School Made
Me a Doctor
Wilson Almonte
and Romita Rupani

Graphic Narratives
Created by Michael J. Green, M.D., M.S.
Illustrated by Ray Rieck
Betty P.
Annals of Internal Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine | Vol 162 No.7 | 7 April 2015

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Annals of Internal Medicine
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Articles and Resources:

Beyond Superheroes: Comics as a New Genre for Medical Storytelling

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Article

CMAJ 2012 epub September 17: Comic Relief

PODCAST Conversation with Michael Green, M.D., M.S.

Annals Graphic Medicine

BMJ Article: Graphic Medicine The Use of Comics in Patient Care

Graphic Medicine Webpage



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