Do you wonder about the role of stories in medical education?
Have you toyed with the idea of introducing some literature into what you are teaching and learning?
Do you sometimes challenge the accepted wisdom about the “right” way for a physician to feel or think?
Together with the director of medical humanities
at GW (Linda Raphael), we will be leading a faculty development workshop*
where participants will experience how a story can stimulate discussion on multiple levels. Our objectives are:
- To employ skills in attentive listening, close reading, and reflective thinking.
- To discuss the interaction of the first-person narrator (a physician making a house call) with the parents and child in the story, “The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams.
- To develop a plan for how to incorporate the interpretation of literature and storytelling into various medical educational settings.
We work towards fostering these skills (active listening, close reading, reflective thinking, and discussion of physician-parent-patient interactions) with each new group of medical students on the pediatric clerkship. Regarding the third objective, here's a great article, "Twelve Tips for Teaching Reflection at All Levels of Medical Education
," by Louise Aronson in Medical Teacher
In the course of our discussion, we may receive some questions about how to show that "humanities" in medicine in fact matters. We might be asked to produce evidence. How to show is one question, but another is simply do we need to show... Do we need to show that the creative use of film, art, reading, writing, and reflection in medical education has some helpful, positive, enriching effect upon future health care providers? Let's instead explore the range of possibilities.
And let's recognize the stories we aim to hear and make sense of, in each of our patients. *If you are GW faculty, consider joining us 5/22/12 4:30pm Ross Hall rm 401
What have you read, seen, and reflected upon during your required clerkships, your residency rotations, or your medical humanities electives?