April 2016 TEACH Education Grand Rounds

Gallows Humor in Medicine and Medical Education
Presented by:
Katie Watson, JD, Assistant Professor Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Identify some of the functions of gallows humor in medicine using medical humanities approaches.
  • Analyze jokes as expressions of power or powerlessness.
  • Evaluate gallows humor in an ethics framework to determine when it is conducive to patient care and/or trainee learning, and when it is not.
  • Distinguish gallows humor from bullying and ridicule.
PowerPoint: Gallows Humor in Medicine