Achieving “Narrative Flow”: Pre-Medical Education as an Essential Chapter of a Physician’s Story [Book Review]

Journal of Medical Humanities 26 (1):39-51 (2005)

This article explores the disconnection between what pre-professional students expect from college and what their undergraduate education might foster, between the focus on “getting into medical school” and the development of humanistic physicians. It reviews the longstanding challenge inherent in helping pre-meds acquire not only sufficient scientific background but also well-developed interpersonal skills to help them understand patients’ experience of illness and their own interactions with other members of the health care team. Clinical experiences from the NEH Institute are interpreted from the perspective of a pre-med advisor who also teaches literature; they are also incorporated into an undergraduate course on literature about illness
Keywords pre-medical education  literature about illness  narrative medicine  humanistic physician  medical school admission
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DOI 10.1007/s10912-005-1052-1
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