Medical Student Feedback: Medical Humanities Program at Overlook Hospital, NJ
The following comments reflect feedback from SGU students who participated in a recent iteration of the multisession medical humanities program at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ. As you can see, the benefits of this type of program are both educational and meaningful.
- "It was wonderful! The explanations were informative, the demonstrations were helpful and moving, and the small groups allowed more sharing without fear."
- "Parallel charts are always a treat."
- "Really liked how we broke into small groups; made it more intimate. Felt relieving to reflect on parallel charts."
- "Didn't realize how much I'd appreciate reading but more so listening to everyone's stories. Enjoyed this session."
- "It was nice to hear other students/colleagues perspectives regarding the emotional side of medicine and taking care of patients."
- "It was a great experience to talk about our patient encounters."
- "It was great. Nice chance to turn progress notes into patient notes."
- "Very good. Well organized."
- "I loved how empathetic and deep my colleagues were. I also learned how important and powerful writing about my patients can be, and that spending more time doing this may be more therapeutic for me as well as touching to my colleagues."
- "Writing is a lot easier knowing others understand."
- "I learned how others handled different cases on an emotional basis."
- "Reflecting on your patients, or even just one, can open doors to realizing a lot about yourself as a person."
- "One doesn't need to be a great writer to write."
- "It is good to take a minute every day and reflect on how you feel."
- "I didn't realize how fulfilling it would be to put my thoughts and experiences on paper."
- "Parallel charting can be a useful tool as a means to better understand ourselves as a source of therapy."
- "It's okay for physicians to show emotion. Parallel charts are therapeutic."
- "[It was] helpful turning my image of the patient into a story instead of bullet points of data."
- "Many of my fellow students enjoy writing, and are very very good writers."