Korean J Med Educ.  2019 Dec;31(4):319-330. 10.3946/kjme.2019.142.

Connected in cinema: educational effects of filmmaking classes on medical students

  • 1College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School of Communication and Arts, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. khsung@catholic.ac.kr


The purpose of this study is to explore what the students experienced in short filmmaking class performed to 1st grade premedical students of a medical school, and to trace educational effects of the class.
Taking a qualitative approach, the authors used semi-structured interviews to collect the data. This study employed the quota sampling method to purposefully select students to interview. Data coding and analysis were performed based on the grounded theory. The filmmaking experiences consistently described by the interviewees were labeled and reorganized into categories through the open, axial, and selective coding.
The students experience the group filmmaking class as a participatory class. Learners also experienced the procedure of performing complicated group tasks according to detailed and scheduled processes. Participation leads to collaboration. Collaboration here is through communication and participation, not through mechanical cooperation. Students also experience various dimensions of communication. The students learned that successful performance of the group filmmaking process is enabled through consideration towards others, and experience a sense of connectedness resulting in a type of community spirit. Having fun and interest, finally, the students experience the sense of accomplishment and sharing through joint screening.
Students' shared experiences and their education effects of the filmmaking class can be explained in terms of the above mentioned seven closely intertwined categories. In this class, the students were able to express emotions they would not normally express. Through this, the students were able to find the true character and new aspects of their fellow students, forming intimacy, which led to a sense of belonging and connectedness.


Undergraduate medical education; Popular culture; Motion pictures

MeSH Terms

Clinical Coding
Cooperative Behavior
Education, Medical, Undergraduate
Grounded Theory
Mass Screening
Motion Pictures as Topic*
Schools, Medical
Students, Medical*
Students, Premedical
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