Innovations in Teaching: 52in52
52in52 is a year-long didactic at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School directed by Anthony Tobia, MD in the Department of Psychiatry. The goal of the didactic is to increase Medical Knowledge of psychopathology and related issues in psychiatry through the use of film.

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When Bruce Campbell retweeted the United States of Horror Movies map, little could he have known of the impact he’d have on medical education. With the commencement of the new academic year, medical students, residents and faculty at Rutgers’ RWJMS will be taking a virtual road trip across the United States, using @GroovyBruce’s map as a guide. We’ll start out in Maine and end in California. In planning our road trip, we made sure to be in Illinois the week of Halloween and in the great Garden State of NJ for the week of February (Friday the) 13! We’ll take 2 ferry rides and flights to and from Hawaii; otherwise, every state we pass through is accessible by car (i.e. no skipping over states). Since we’ll pass through Washington D.C. and Canada, we’ll have a total of 52 destinations.

Beginning the week of July 1, we’ll “visit” one state each week as listed in PDF Documentour itinerary and watch the movie assigned to that state. At the end of each week, we’ll post a blog of our travels that illustrates how the movie relates to germane teaching points in Psychiatry. Just like evil clowns piling out of a VW beetle, there’s always room for one more; if you want to come along, follow us on Twitter @ATobiaMD.

Innovative Teaching in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers-RWJMS: 52in52
Clicking on the above itinerary link will guide you along our virtual road trip from Maine to California. In addition, there are several other resident didactics and student courses taught using media and film at Rutgers-RWJMS. The seminal course ‘Reviewing (Mental) Disorders with a Reverent Understanding of the Macabre (REDRUM)’ is the psychiatry residents’ psychopathology seminar that has been previously described (Academic Psychiatry, March-April 2013) External Link. From REDRUM, we’ve expanded to include multiple centers, social media, and patient-centered celebrities.

52in52 Reviews

  • Cube

    CUBE (1997)

    SYNOPSIS Cube is a SciFi horror film about a group of ‘subjects’ who awaken in a room with anterograde amnesia as to how (or why) they got there. The characters discover that their new prison cell is one of 17,576 rooms that form a government-sanctioned …

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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie Poster 1974 1020198670

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, 2003)

    SYNOPSIS The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a film produced by Toby Hooper that follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while driving through the barren back roads of Texas. The film is credited with originating several elements common …

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  • Skeleton Key Ver2

    Skeleton Key (2005)

    SYNOPSIS We must have had a mishap crossing the Ole Miss, the Ole Man (Vacation, 1983), because I mistakenly substituted Skeleton Key for Interview with the Vampire. Nonetheless, in the former, Caroline Ellis takes a job as a live-in nurse to care for Benjamin, an …

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  • Beast Within


    SYNOPSIS The Beast Within is a horror film loosely based on Edward Levy’s 1981 novel of the same name. The film opens in 1964 Nioba, Mississippi with newlyweds, Caroline and Eli MacCleary, stranded on a deserted road. Caroline is knocked unconscious and raped by an …

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  • Laid To Rest

    LAID TO REST (2009)

    SYNOPSIS Laid to Rest is a 2009 slasher film depicting the “amnestic protagonist.” It follows a young woman who awakens in a casket with amnesia, and her attempts to recover her lost memories, the most disturbing of which is that she’s a victim of a …

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  • Jeepers Creepers


    SYNOPSIS Jeepers Creepers is inspired by actual events (Unsolved Mysteries). Since this blog was started on Easter Sunday 2015, exactly 25 years ago, Ray and Marie Thornton were terrorized by a motorist while playing “the license plate game” in Cold Water, Michigan. Also, like their …

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  • The New Daughter Movie Poster 2009 1020548234


    SYNOPSIS Based on a short story of the same name by John Connolly, The New Daughter tells the story of a novelist, John James, and his two children who encounter a malevolent presence when they move into their new house. One day, while exploring the …

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  • Pumpkinhead

    PUMPKINHEAD (1988)

    SYNOPSIS Inspired by a poem by Ed Justin, Pumpkinhead is a cult classic horror film about Ed Harley’s inner demon manifest as one of the most Underrated Horror Killers of all time (Tyler Doupe, 2013). The supernatural Scarecrow Folk is introduced in the movie’s opening …

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  • Mama

    MAMA (2013)

    SYNOPSIS Mama is a supernatural horror movie by AndreI?s Muschietti that is based on his 2008 Argentine short film MamaI? about two feral children abandoned in a cabin in the woods who are fostered by a ghost that they affectionately call “Mama.” Victoria and Lilly …

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