In 2021, the Shame and Medicine Project (University of Exeter) and The Shame Conversation (Duke University) put out a Call for Artists as part of their Graphic Medicine project. The aim of the project was to create a comic to depict a shame experience in medical learning, and for the artwork to be used as a pedagogical tool or a curricula resource for medical students, both in Duke and Exeter, and also in other institutions and settings, and ultimately for these resources to be freely downloadable as a teaching resource for the wider medical learning community.
The project’s collaborators, Olivia Davies MD, Luna Dolezal PhD (Exeter), Will Bynum MD (Duke), and Charlotte Wu MD (Harness Health Global), selected Hannah Berry, the UK Comic Laureate, to illustrate Olivia’s story (Olivia is a US based Doctor). We are incredibly excited that this artwork, entitled ‘Needlestick‘, has been published in the Graphic Perspective of the New England Journal of Medicine Vol. 386 (2022) 1587-1589, is below and was featured in the University of Exeter news.
We would like to acknowledge Dr. Hillary Newsome, the resident depicted in this story who showed compassion, caring, and clinical leadership.
This graphic medicine project has been funded by the Exeter-Duke Collaboration Fund (2020-2021) and an Enhanced Research Award from the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health (2021), University of Exeter.