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Graphic Medicine: Comics, Caregiving, and End of Life

April 7, 2018


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Room South Lounge


Conversations about and experience with death and dying can be challenging for everyone, whether patient, family, personal or professional caregiver. The nascent field of Graphic Medicine provides unique tools and opportunities to improve communication around death and dying. In this course, participants will learn what Graphic Medicine is and how it can be helpful in palliative and hospice care. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with reflective drawing as a tool to combat caregiver fatigue while increasing personal and professional resilience. Absolutely no prior experience with comics or drawing ability required.

  1. What is Graphic Medicine?
    1. the role of narrative in health care
    2. why comics?
    3. the many applications for comics in the health care arena
  2. How does Graphic Medicine connect with End-of-Life Care?
  3. Reflective Drawing and Caregiving


MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She has a BA in English and Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, a BSN in nursing from Rush University, and an MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University. Her clinical nursing experience is in HIV/AIDS care and hospice care. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. With UK physician Ian Williams, she co-runs a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health. Her first graphic memoir, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017) is believed to be the first graphic memoir by a nurse. She is also a co-author of the Eisner Award nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Penn State University Press, 2015) which maps the field of Graphic Medicine.

Continuing Education Hours

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours, as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

Completion of these classes will result in the receipt of four (4) continuing education hours. CEHs are not awarded for partial completion of the class.

Class Fee

The price is listed below:

  • Fordham GSS Alumni: $120
  • Fordham GSS Students: $70
  • Fordham Current Field Instructors: $70
  • Other Students: $80
  • Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) Members: $120
  • All others: $140

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Refunds and Cancellations

In the event that the class is cancelled, a full refund will be given.

Contact Us

Keila Zapata-Kelly, MSW, CASAC-T
Administrator of Continuing Education and Social Work Licensure