Vol VII, Issue 1 Date of Publication: January 10, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2021.048

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Reflective narratives during the Covid-19 pandemic: an outlet for medical students in uncertain times

Manjulika Vaz
Reflective narratives on personal experiences, observations, thoughts and concerns were used as a method of helping medical students process the Covid-19 pandemic and their lives. This involved individual writing, anonymous submission, on-line group reading of selected narratives on a voluntary basis and facilitated discussions. Students felt that this was a safe method to voice their feelings and thoughts, to understand themselves better and to gain new perspectives. Though small numbers of students participated, there appears to be a greater potential to use reflective narrative writing coupled with facilitated group discussions in medical education to help students cope with external and internal stress, to better understand themselves, to relate to others and possibly to become more empathic. Keywords: Education, medical, reflective narrative, Covid-19, wellbeing strategies, humanities, medical students.

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©Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 2021: Open Access and Distributed under the Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC-ND 4.0),
which permits only non-commercial and non-modified sharing in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.

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