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Reflective Reading and Writing for Medical Students, University of California, Irvine

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This course provides an introduction to reflective reading and writing that links these skills with professional development and patient care. In Week 1, an introductory presentation orients student to the theoretical and empirical work on therapeutic and health-promoting aspects of reflective reading and writing. Each subsequent week (2-9) consists of in-class readings by medical student and physician-authors focusing on the socialization experience of medical students; professionalism; and the doctor-patient relationship. These readings will also provide models for different writing approaches. In addition, most sessions will include an in-class writing assignment examining such features as voice and point of view, parallel charting, free writing, and write-it-thrice techniques. Students will come prepared to discuss readings and participate in writing exercises and class discussion that link writing to their ongoing patient care experiences. A final session (Week 10) will summarize the course and present student writing projects. The course is open to second year and fourth year UC Irvine School of Medicine students in good standing. Elective only. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


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University or College

University of California, Irvine

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

37939; 50184

Course Title

Reflective Reading and Writing for Medical Students

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD Education

Position of Instructor(s)

Professor Emerita of Family Medicine

Academic Year(s) Active


Primary Works on Reading List

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg; Opening Up, James Pennebaker; and various first-person narratives about the illness experience and the doctor-patient relationship.

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