What happened on Grey’s Anatomy last night? Teaching medicine and medical ethics using popular culture

Chief investigators

Mrs Evie Kendal
Dr Basia Diug

Project Overview
This project aims to identify and engage with opportunities to use popular culture references in medical and health-related tertiary education. In pursuit of this goal MERQ will be running a seminar series focused on exploring the most effective methods of incorporating these references into the student learning experience at Monash. The location of the seminars will alternate between the Alfred Centre and Monash Clayton campus and will include guest speakers from various schools and centres at Monash. More details will be published on this site as they become available.

In addition, for this project a peer-reviewed edited collection will be produced as an interdisciplinary teaching resource. Submissions are invited for chapters and reflective pieces on the broad topic of using popular culture in medical education. Those attending the seminars will have an opportunity to workshop their ideas with the editors. The call for chapters is available here.

Financial support for this activity has been provided by the FMNHS Learning and Teaching Research Grant Scheme 2015. In-kind support has also been provided by SPHPM.

Project Outputs
As part of this project a survey of FMNHS students will be undertaken to ascertain their level of engagement with medical television programs. The results of this survey will inform the content of the seminars and provide a foundation for the introduction to the edited collection. Other proposed outputs include the presentation of the data at academic conferences.