Writing in Medicine

Writing in Medicine

This Wall Street Journal article describes how medical students use writing to reflect on their own experiences with such significant events as their first encounters with death or dealing with difficult patients, and also to understand the experience of the patient.

Excerpt:  Instructor Hedy Wald, clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Brown, says that besides fostering empathy in the students, the program also can help them think more critically about diagnoses, cope with uncertainty and deal with ethical dilemmas that arise in care. “The act of writing helps you build reflective capacity so you can better understand the patient’s story and integrate it with everything you know as a doctor to have a more patient-centered-care relationship,” Dr. Wald says.

The article also features poetry written by several medical students and a listing of “famous doctors who write”.