Words and Wards: A Model of Reflective Writing and Its Uses in Medical Education

Johanna Shapiro · Deborah Kasman · Audrey Shafer

Personal, creative writing as a process for reflection on patient care and socialization into medicine (“reflective writing”) has important potential uses in educating medical students and residents. Based on the authors’ experiences with a range of writing activities in academic medical settings, this article sets forth a conceptual model for considering the processes and effects of such writing.

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