Those of you who have been following with me the pictograph path (using images to communicate) may guess that I was happy to learn of a program at Penn State College of Medicine. From the Penn State Web page:
Since 2009, fourth-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine have created comics as part of a course called “Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives.” The course was developed to show fourth-year medical students how graphics and text can be used to effectively communicate complex medical narratives, and to help students develop their own stories into graphic depictions.
Of course not all medical students are naturally gifted writers or artists, but as one can see from the following pages, everyone can tell stories and everyone can draw pictures. While this course is unlike any other in their medical school experience, the students rise to the task, sharing their reflections on becoming a doctor with honesty, wit, and creativity.
Enjoy the following Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives by the medical students at Penn State College of Medicine!
Click to see what the medical students created.
Because of the benefits of communicating with visual methods in addition to or other than the written word, I imagine the medical students learn much about their own stories and ways to communicate with patients, colleagues, family, and friends. Images are