Patch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. It is based on the life story of Dr Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams and his book, Gesundheit: Good Health is a Laughing Matter.
Patch Adams enrols at the Medical College of Virginia inspired by his own experience as a patient. He questions the school’s soulless approach to medical care. He is expelled from the medical school, although he is later reinstated when it becomes apparent to the school that his unconventional methods often help patients. Adams encourages medical students to work closely with nurses, and to learn interviewing skills early, and argues that death should be treated with dignity and sometimes even humour.
The screening has been organised by the School of Medicine as part of a drive to include more Arts and Humanities in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum and to have more Public involvement in the activities of the School. The event is free but ticketed and members of the public are welcome. The screening will start with a short introduction by staff from the School of Medicine. After the screening there will be a discussion about the film and the issues it brings up; there will be a roving mike and all are welcome to contribute.