This book demonstrates how popular culture can be successfully incorporated into medical and health science curriculums, capitalising on the opportunity fictional media presents to humanise case studies. Studies show that the vast majority of medical and nursing students watch popular medical television dramas and comedies such as Grey's Anatomy, ER, House M.D. and Scrubs. This affords us with a unique opportunity to engage and inform not only students but the general public and patients further downstream. This volume analyses examples of medical-themed popular culture and offers various strategies and methods for educators in this field to integrate this material into their teaching. The result is a fascinating read and original resource for medical professionals and teachers alike.
Chapter 1. Introduction: The Use of Popular Culture in Medical and Health Education; Evie Kendal and Basia Diug.- Chapter 2. Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Presence During Resuscitation on Prime-Time Media; Zohar Lederman.- Chapter 3. The ER Effect: How Medical Television Creates Knowledge for American Audiences; Jessica Bodoh.- Chapter 4. whyZombie? Zombie Pop-Culture to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Practices; Peta-Anne Zimmerman and Matt Mason.- Chapter 5. An Empirical Study of How Medical, Biomedical and Health Science Students Engage with Professional and Ethical Issues in Medical Television Dramas; Evie Kendal and Basia Diug.- Chapter 6. Teaching Millennials: Twitter, Celebrity Media and Beyond; Basia Diug and Evie Kendal.- Chapter 7. The Needs of the Many Outweigh the Needs of the Few: Teaching Medical Ethics Using Star Trek; Allie Ford and Lynette Pretorius.- Chapter 8. Mind-Melds and Other Tricky Business: Teaching Threshold Concepts in Mental Health Preservice Training; Lynette Pretorius and Allie Ford.