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ERIC Number: EJ1094969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Clinical Poems and Clinical Conversations: Some Thoughts on Working with Family Medicine Residents
Stein, Howard F.
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v2 n1 Article 9 2006
This paper describes an experiment in which Family Medicine residents composed, read, and discussed their poems as a way of bringing to life their often complex relationships with patients. It argues that this approach mobilizes the physicians' own creativity in the service of reflective practice and improved doctor-patient relationships. This method further increases mental "space" within the physician and between doctor and patient. It can supplement the more usual approach to teaching medical humanities, wherein great literary works and the writing of famous physicians are explored for the insights they offer to healthcare practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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