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Perspectives on Medical Education 1/2019

Implementing an interprofessional narrative medicine program in academic clinics: Feasibility and program evaluation

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Deepthiman Gowda, Tayla Curran, Apurva Khedagi, Michael Mangold, Faiz Jiwani, Urmi Desai, Rita Charon, Dorene Balmer
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The online version of this article (https://​doi.​org/​10.​1007/​s40037-019-0497-2) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.


Interprofessional education (IPE) is a critical component of medical education and is affected by the characteristics of the clinical teams in which students and residents train. However, clinical teams are often shaped by professional silos and hierarchies which may hinder interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). Narrative medicine, a branch of health humanities that focuses on close reading, reflective writing, and sharing in groups, could be an innovative approach for improving IPE and IPCP. In this report, we describe the structure, feasibility, and a process-oriented program evaluation of a narrative medicine program implemented in interprofessional team meetings in three academic primary care clinics. Program evaluation revealed that a year-long narrative medicine program with modest monthly exposure was feasible in academic clinical settings. Staff members expressed engagement and acceptability as well as support for ongoing implementation. Program success required administrative buy-in and sustainability may require staff training in narrative medicine.
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