The History and Culture of Disease and Healing Seminar Series | Fall 2017

Seminar 5 of 13: The Evolving Role of Patients in the New Sharing Economy of Medicine

This is a FREE seminar hosted at The Health Museum (1515 Hermann Drive), part of a collaborative lecture series by UTHealth School of Public Health and Rice University.

You must register for each of the seminars separately, there are 13 in this series. Attendance to all is NOT required.
Continuing Education (CME, CNE, CEUs) available.

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Seminar 5 of 13 on 09/26/17: The Evolving Role of Patients in the New Sharing Economy of Medicine

This presentation will explain how the practice of “citizen science” translates into medical contexts and creates new opportunities for patient engagement and patient-physician partnership. I will provide specific case studies that show how the challenge to traditional models of scientific/medical expertise has been particularly energetic among citizens concerned with healthcare, often termed “e-patients.” Members of these groups have developed extensive online activist communities, demand access to their own health data, conduct crowd-sourced experiments, and “hack” health problems that traditional medical experts have failed to solve. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the existing evidence on the results of these experimental approaches.

Target Audience
Medical humanities scholars, physicians, nurses, social workers, industrial hygienists, safety specialists, health science students and other professionals in public health related disciplines, as well those interested from the general public.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: (1) identify three inpatient or outpatient settings in which patients and clinicians can partner to improve patient care, (2) identify three actions patients can take to partner with clinicians and (3) identify three actions clinician can take to partner with patients.

Presenting for this session is:

Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH, is a media scholar and health researcher at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is author of Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (2013); Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health (2005); co-editor of Science/Animation (2016); and editor of Applied Media Studies (forthcoming 2018). She is the director and co-founder of the Medical Futures Lab. Her current research is on information and communication technologies in medicine, patient narratives, and the role of simulation as a mediator between human and technological forms of medical expertise. Her current book project is called Quantified Health: Making Stories from Data in the Algorithmic Age.


Seminar Series Information

Welcome to Season Two: Poisons, Plagues, Potions and Portrayals
from 08/29/17 - 11/29/17 on Tuesdays at The Health Museum

The History and Culture of Disease and Healing
seminar series identifies the overlap between disciplines in health and humanities, and applies lessons in humanities to public health practice in a global and cross cultural context.

“There is increasing emphasis on bringing more of the humanities into the education of health professionals, in a way that is appealing to all the health disciplines. This course seeks to do just that,” says George Delclos, MD, MPH, PhD, professor at the UTHealth School of Public Health and one of the course instructors.

There are 13 seminars in this series. Each unique seminar has been chosen for its relevance to the contributions of the humanities to contemporary understanding or approaches to disease and healing as we conceptualize from cultural/artistic/literary depictions and historical lessons the relationship between human behaviors and disease and healing.

This is also a humanities course offered to professionals and students in the fields of medicine and health. Seminar attendance will include registered students from Rice University and the UTHealth School of Public Health. The unique collaborative format of this seminar demonstrates shared values between institutions of higher learning and the professional/academic training offered to specialties.

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Time & Location

Seminar Date & Time:
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:30pm - 7:00 pm

Seminar Location:
The Health Museum, inside the McGovern Theater
1515 Hermann Dr.
Houston, TX 77004

Click here for directions

Continuing Education

Continuing Education credits can be provided for contact hours and certificates of attendance at no cost for attending individual or multiple seminars.
Online registration, full 90 minute seminar attendance, and completion of post-seminar electronic evaluations
are required for attaining contact hours and certificates.

Individual seminar attendance allowed—you are NOT required to attend the entire series.

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME): Determination of credit is pending.


  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE): Determination of credit is pending.


  • Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Determination of credit is pending.


  • Certificate of Attendance can be provided for all other public health professionals and attendees by request during online registration process.


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The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health.

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