Narrative Medicine Rounds: Promoting Student Well-Being During the Third Year of Medical School

In undergraduate medical education, narrative medicine may teach students the importance of writing about, reflecting on, and verbally sharing patient encounters as strategies for their own well-being.

Target Audience

Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine. Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.

Learning Objectives

Narrative medicine allows physicians and other health providers to share stories and reflect on the practice of medicine. Through the process of reflection and shared storytelling, narrative medicine may promote strategies for well-being and the prevention of physician burnout. Narrative medicine sessions usually consist of group reflection on a published essay, the sharing of personal stories, and an individual writing activity. This article outlines the findings of a study at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize that self-reflection and shared reflection with others is an available tool for individuals and groups to develop, polish and promote awareness and skills with respect to empathy, satisfaction, and other dimensions related to care-delivery, professionalism and well-being;
  • Describe narrative medicine techniques;
  • Mentor others with respect to narrative reflection;
  • Use reflection to support self-improvement and clinical care improvement.

Additional Information

Southern Medical Association
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  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Manuscript Author(s):
Sarah E. Stumbar, MD, MPH
Adriana Bracho, MPH
Gregory Schneider, MD
Marquita Samuels, MBA
Marin Gillis, PhD

SMJ Editor-in-Chief:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD

Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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