Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger Make Medical Students the Best Doctors: How It Works
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Professor of Psychiatry has built his course around horror films.
Antonia Tobia, Professor of Psychiatry, has built his fascinating course around more than three dozen horror films. A psychiatry course with the unusual name “31 Halloween Knights” is being studied at Rutgers University Hospital named after Robert Wood Johnson, writes Inverse.
In his lectures, Tobia uses movie characters as fictional examples for his medical students to diagnose and treat patients like Jack Torrance from The Shining and Freddy Krueger from Nightmares on Elm Street.
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Although the 31 Knights of Halloween program is entertaining, it is not only entertainment, but also designed to make students of this course better doctors. Professor Tobia says surgeons, endocrinologists, and other doctors cannot use this experience, but psychiatrists are very lucky in this – in fact, horror films are a mine of information for students. All films explore human behavior, and therefore can show students both typical and atypical aspects of human mental health.
For each day in October, Professor Tobia assigns his students to watch and analyze one of the horror films from a psychiatric point of view. They then discuss with the group their internal reactions and thoughts from a psychiatric point of view. The program includes such well-known horror films as “The Shining”, which is Professor Tobia's favorite film, “Saw”, “Shutter Island”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Scream”, “Halloween” and others.
According to the professor, while watching horror films, medical students practice in identifying the symptoms of mental disorders. In fact, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and even Freddy Krueger become their “patients”.
The psychiatrist notes that exposure to these three dozen films can prepare future psychiatrists for the many scenarios they may face in their future. practice.
Tobia notes that while watching horror films, viewers subconsciously often associate themselves with the victim. However, he wants to develop in his students the ability to understand a fundamentally different point of view. The professor notes that this course is unique and is confident that it will help make his medical students the best in their field.