- 101 Medical Behavioral Science Building
During 2017, Dr. Piercey continued in her role as course director for MD 811: Introduction to Clinical Medicine I, a yearlong course for first year medical students. In addition, managing the administrative responsibilities for the course, Dr. Piercey co-taught two weekly small groups of 7-8 medical students, along with Drs. Angela Webb and Mark Tower. She also was a small group preceptor for a second-year dental course, CDE 824. Her role in this course focused on working with dental students to improve communication skills in the healthcare setting. Dr. Piercey also served as co-course director for MD 813: Behavioral Basis of Medicine. This is a course for first-year medical students, focusing on topics in the areas of psychiatry and behavioral science. Finally, Dr. Piercey taught a first and second year elective course, “The Stories We Tell Each Other: Engaging Emotional Perspectives Through Art.”
In the area of research, Dr. Piercey’s work focused on medical education and the medical humanities. Along with two colleagues, Dr. Piercey submitted a paper titled “Moving Upstream in Prescription Opioid Education”. This paper focuses on the role of medical education in the current opioid epidemic. Two proposals, focusing on the role of humanities in medical education, were submitted to the International Health Humanities Consortium Conference at Stanford University. The first project focuses on how humanities activities are best marketed to students across a variety of educational contexts. The second paper describes Dr. Piercey’s current medical humanities course and describes its role in exercising the moral imagination of students.
Dr. Piercey has continued to serve on the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee. She is also working to help translate the ICM 1 course to new regional campuses and serves as a member of the Regional Campus Expansion Subcommittee.