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Just Published! Comic-Style Research Article - September 30, 2020

Humanism in the Premedical Realm: An Exercise in Graphic MedicineReleased in September 2020 from the Annals of Internal Medicine (Impact Factor: 21.32) CAIPER Center Director and Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar, Barret Michalec, PhD, along with Ian Sampson, MFA, and Frederic W. Hafferty, PhD, are the authors of one  of the only research articles presented entirely in the form of comics.  

Humanism in the Premedical Realm: An Exercise in Graphic Medicine, uses the students' voice and perspective to examine the opportunities for humanism on the premed path. 

While graphic medicine, stemming from the adaptation of the graphic novel, has been used for the exploration of healthcare topics, at the time of its publication, Humanism in the Premedical Realm: An Exercise in Graphic Medicine is one of the first research articles in this form.

Research articles can range from a few pages to multiple sections and can sometimes take hours to read. The use of the comics format not only cuts time for the reader – in this article the reading time is about 10 minutes – it also keeps the reader engaged through short text and illustrations. 

The article, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, was made possible by partnerships with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. 

Humanism in the Premedical Realm: An Exercise in Graphic Medicine is publicly available now.