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Redirecting the Clinical Gaze: Film as a Tool of Critical Reflection in Residency Training 

Redirecting the Clinical Gaze: Film as a Tool of Critical Reflection in Residency Training
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Redirecting the Clinical Gaze: Film as a Tool of Critical Reflection in Residency Training
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Elysse Leonard

and Michael Tau

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10.1093/med/9780190849900.003.0002
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date: 09 March 2021

Film has been used in medical education for many years to teach both medical students and residents. This has taken many forms, from informal “movie clubs” to organized seminars embedded into curricula. This chapter reviews the literature on the use of film in medical education. It then presents a unique model for how films can augment postgraduate training. Using an example of a close reading of the film Son frère (2003), the chapter suggests that film can be used to provoke reflection on certain characteristics of clinical work, including the unpredictability and irrationality of illness and the experience of not-knowing. Experimental and nonlinear narratives can amplify these themes by challenging viewers’ expectations. The chapter then discusses various practical considerations for teaching using cinema, including film and venue selection, screening rights, and community partnerships. Lastly, sample lesson plans and suggested resources are provided as examples to aid curriculum development.

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