Getting started: A call for storytelling in family medicine education

William Ventres, Paul R. Gross

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In this article we introduce family medicine educators to storytelling as an important teaching tool. We describe how stories are a critical part of the work of family physicians. We review the rationales for family medicine educators to become skilled storytellers. We present the components of effective stories, proposing two different perspectives on how to imagine, construct, and present them. We provide a list of resources for getting started in storytelling and offer two personal vignettes that articulate the importance of storytelling in the authors’ respective professional developments. We point the way forward for family medicine educators interested in integrating storytelling into their repertoire of teaching skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)682-687
Number of pages6
JournalFamily Medicine
Volume48
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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  • Family Practice

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