Patch Adams - Movie Reflection
About this articlePatch Adams is a great movie to use with students who are involved in service experiences or learning about social justice. Reflection questions are included in this resource that works well with students!
The film is rated PG-13 for some strong language and crude humor. The movie runs 115 minutes and is available on video. Discussion and Reflection Questions: What made Patch realize that he wanted to have a career where he could serve others? Describe Patch's approach to treating patients. How is his approach different from some of his professors and peers? What gifts did Patch have that he shared with his patients and friends? How does Patch live out the "circle-of-faith-in-action": awareness, analysis, action? What injustices does Patch see in medical treatments and institutions? How does Patch decide to change the system? Tell how each of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching can be found in the movie: life and dignity of the human person participation: the call to family and community rights and responsibilities the option for the poor and vulnerable dignity of work and the rights of workers solidarity care for God's creation How would you summarize Patch's philosophy on vocation and service? How did Patch specifically make a difference and touch people's lives? How can this movie serve as an impetus for you to make a difference in the world?
Published April 20, 2001.