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ICYMI Webinar Recap: Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals

Posted by on March 11th, 2020

SCR CONNECTions will be back with new programming later this year, but we still have lots to share with you here on Blogadillo! Over the next several weeks, in case you missed it (ICYMI), we will be recapping some of the exceptional webinars that NNLM SCR has hosted over the course of the past year. If you would like to access an archived version of this webinar along with others we have hosted, please click here.

In case you missed it, our June 12, 2019 webinar was presented by Alice Jaggers, MSLS, (now formerly) Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. Alice developed a graphic medicine collection in her library in March 2017, has compiled a preliminary database of graphic medicine titles, maintains a blog on this subject, and co-runs the website graphicmedicine.org. She shared with us her passion and her work regarding graphic medicine and the positive impact on empathy it can have for students, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

 Essentially speaking, the term graphic medicine is used to describe comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade due in part to findings that these tools are well-suited to honing empathetic communication in healthcare-related populations. This webinar facilitated the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. 

Alice started off by defining empathy as the practice of acknowledging another’s perspective and making an effort to improve communication. She shared with the audience several examples of graphic medicine comics by authors MK Czerwiec RN, MA, Meredith Li-Vollmer PhD, MA, Brian Fies, Tom Hart, and others. She went on to discuss applications for this type of literature, stating that it is versatile in nature and applicable to nearly all perspectives involved in medicine and healthcare.

Alice highlighted for the audience a number of valuable resources, including the NLM’s online Graphic Medicine Exhibition Collection which houses digital examples of this type of resource as well as educational resources for students in middle school and beyond. NNLM’s New England Region has spearheaded a graphic medicine initiative that includes access to free book club kits on various topics.

Alice wrapped up this webinar by talking about the workshop she co-hosted at her library, which was not targeted to any specific audience. “Comic Nurse” MK Czerwiec spoke on this subject and participants coming from highly varied perspectives used crayons and paper to make their own comics about healthcare. Alice reported that participants, regardless of their writing or drawing skills, were surprised at how much emotion their creations evoked and how much introspection and empathy this project promoted.

This webinar is available to watch on YouTube, and Alice’s contact information is listed below.

Alice Jaggers, MSLS

Look out for blog posts in the coming weeks which will recap more NNLM SCR webinars.

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Image of the author ABOUT E. Bailey Sterling
E. Bailey Sterling is a Digital Communications Specialist with the NNLM SCR and presently a graduate student pursuing an MS in Information Science specializing in Health Informatics from the University of North Texas (GMG!). She's also a Graduate Student Council Senator, Teaching Assistant, analog gamer, writer, and lifelong learner living in DFW. If you have anything you'd like to see featured on the NNLM SCR blog or social channels, please email Bailey.Sterling@unthsc.edu. We would love to hear more about what's happening at your library!

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