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Doctors in Literature – Elective in the Curriculum of Human Medicine at the HHU Düsseldorf

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2020.0521-0524

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Elisabeth Gummersbach, Angela Fuchs, Christoph Hager

Keywords: literature medical students role of doctors self reflection

SummaryReading encourage listening which is a pre-requisite for developing a good relationship between doctors and patients. We offer the elective course “Doctors in Literature” to students from the 4th Semester upwards. The students are confronted with the role of the doctor in a variety of literary texts and are thereby stimulated to think about the varied aspects of being a doctor, in particular about the role of doctors in their interaction with patients, and their role in society. Group discussion encourages self-reflection and allows stereotypes and prejudices to be recognized. This led to members of the group exchanging ideas about their expectations of their own future role as a doctor, but also expressing anxieties and doubts. The literary texts provided a framework for structuring the discussion.Keywordsliterature; role of doctors; self reflection; medical students


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