“Enhancing My Medical Education Through Photography,” A Talk By Pediatrician/Photographer John Moses

John Moses is a primary care pediatrician and a documentary photographer based at Duke University. He has been using documentary photography to explore the intersection of social and medical issues for the last fifteen years. In this talk, Dr. Moses shared his photographs of adolescent parents in North Carolina (published in the book The Youngest Parents); portraits of pioneering primary care physicians (published in Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care); and a current series of portraits of young gun crime victims. Dr. Moses teaches two courses at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies: “Medicine and the Vision of Documentary Photography” and “Children and the Experience of Illness” wherein children with chronic illness are paired up with student mentors and taught how to use a camera as a means of expression. He is currently producing a book that will showcase the photographs of children coping with illness.

Recorded at The Children’s Health Center at Duke Hospital, September 24, 2010 (36 minutes)

This talk is the first in a series of six talks by documentarians who have produced work that helps us better understand the perspectives of patients, their families and the care-givers who work with them. These talks, as well as an annual documentary fellowship available to resident physicians and fellows, and a documentary resource website are sponsored by the Innovation Grant, a Graduate Medical Education Initiative of the Chancellor’s Fund. Each year, the Chancellor’s Fund supports a handful of innovative programs that enhance the educational experience of Duke resident physicians and fellows.

This particular project is a collaboration between Duke Graduate Medical Education, six Duke Resident Program Directors and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. For more information, visit dukeinnovation.org.

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