What We Can Learn about Medical Education from Examining the Comics that Medical Students Produce
Michael Green M.D., M.S. is a physician and bioethicist at the Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is Interim Chair of the Department of Humanities, Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee, and Director of the Program in Bioethics. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois and completed residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University’s Evanston Hospital. He received fellowship training in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago’s Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and in general internal medicine and medical ethics at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine, where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research. He has published numerous articles and is an NIH-funded researcher for his work in bioethics, which most recently has focused on helping patients and their family members make informed decisions at the end-of-life. He is the co-creator of “Making Your Wishes Known,” an interactive computer-based decision aid that helps individuals be better prepared to make medical decisions when they can no longer speak for themselves.
Dr. Green also is an innovator in the use of comics in medical education. He helped found the field of “Graphic Medicine” and has publishing several landmark articles on the topic as well as being one of the authors of the Graphic Medicine Manifesto from Penn State University Press. He is guest editor of the Graphic Medicine section of the Annals of Internal Medicine, and he teaches a course on Comics and Medicine to 4th-year medical students, whose comics can be viewed online. He is an artist and photographer, is married, has two children, and lives in Hershey.