Week 1: Genes – The Short Arm Of Chromosome 4 (Frank Huyler)
Week 2: Chromosomes – Learning Genetics (Sharon F Terry)
Week 3: Molecules – Technology and Medicine (Rafael Campo)
Week 4: Cell biology – Body Language (Kenny Fries)
Week 5: Tissues and organs – Welcome to Cancerland (Barbara Ehrenreich)
Week 6: Embryology – THREE WOMEN: A Poem for Three Voices (Sylvia Plath)
Week 7: Growing up – The Swimming Pool (Thomas Lux)
Week 8: Nutrition and exercise – The Promise (Veneta Masson)
Week 9: Drugs – First Do No Harm: History of Treatment, and Pharmaceuticals (Jacalyn Duffin)
Week 10: Family and community – My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience (Zora Neale Hurston)
Week 11: Society – Fiction as Resistance (Samuel Shem)
Week 12 – Host Defense (Microbiology)
In the poem “Pneumonia” Susan Hahn provides insights regarding the patient experience of pneumonia.
Week 13 – Host Defense (Microbiology 2)
In his TEDTalk “Doctors Make Mistakes Too,” Dr. Brian Goldman shares his experiences and observations of medical errors and the culture surrounding them
Week 14 – Host Defense (Immunology)
The video “Living with Severe Food Allergies” showcases the accommodations one family makes for their daughter’s food allergies.
Week 15 – Host Defense (Immunology 2)
In this spoken word performance of her poem “Vanity,” college student Shanelle Gabriel recounts coming to terms with her diagnosis of lupus..
Week 16 – Host Defense (Dermatology)
This excerpt from Richard Shelzer’s “Skin” reflects on the role of skin as a marker of health and the psychological toll of dermatological conditions.
Week 17 – Oxygen Delivery (Blood)
In the poem “Anemia”, college student Elizabeth Schatzlein shares her experiences of living with anemia.
Week 18 – Oxygen Delivery (Blood 2)
“Gurney Tears,” by Audrey Shafer, takes the reader through an internist’s busy day of work in the hospital wards.
Week 19 – Oxygen Delivery (Cardiovascular)
Margaret Atwood’s “The Woman Who Could Not Live with Her Faulty Heart” tells the story of a woman’s frustration with her fickle, uncooperative heart.
Week 20 – Oxygen Delivery (Cardiovascular 2)
In “Murmur,” by Peter Pereira, a doctor reflects on the experiences of his patient, who recently underwent open heart surgery.
Week 21 – Oxygen Delivery (Cardiovascular 3)
In the poem “When the Blood Fell Short of Her Toes,” Neeta Jain shares the inner monologue of a doctor who must recommend amputation to one of her patients.
Week 22 – Oxygen Delivery (Cardiovascular 4)
“First Encounter Beach,” by Alison Hawthorne Deming, weaves together two seemingly unconnected narraitives about a beached whale and a young man driving to visit his hospitalized father.
Week 23 – Oxygen Delivery (Respirology)
In his poem “Notes on Emphysema,” Hayden Carruth describes the daily struggle of a patient living with COPD and how they come to appreciate the simple act of taking a breath