Medical Students Use Music to Share Patient Voice

In a recent AM Rounds post, Not the Story: Medical Students’ Reflections on the Patient-Doctor Relationship, author/singer/medical student Jessica Bloom, shares a clip of an original song inspired by the patients and families visited during M1 and M2 years in the University of Michigan Family Centered Experience Program, run by Dr. Arno Kumagai. The trio of songwriters/performers/medical students, as well as their 1st & 2nd year medical school colleagues, came to better understand the needs and desires of patients and families dealing with chronic conditions by spending time in the homes of volunteer families, learning more about their patients as people in order to better understand what it is like to experience illness. At the end of their second year, the medical students are required to create an interpretive project of this experience, and many turn to the arts to not only express the voice of their patients, but also their new-found understanding of medicine from the patient’s point-of-view.

It’s worth a quick click to hear the clip — poetry unintended.

Stay tuned for more information to come on the growing number of medical humanities programs across the country…

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