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Fam Med. 2013 Sep;45(8):569-71.

Students' perceptions of the impact a creative arts journal has on their medical education.

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Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health, Florida State University.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Student-produced creative arts journals now exist in several medical schools. The Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM) has created HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. This study sought to determine what influence, if any, HEAL publications may have on medical students.

METHODS:

A survey utilizing Likert scale questions was sent to Florida State University medical students. Student responses were tabulated and analyzed using SAS 9.2 and MS Excel. A total of 241 (49.5%) students responded to the survey.

RESULTS:

About 81% of the respondents enjoyed reading HEAL. Many respondents agreed that HEAL promoted patient-centered care (55.9%) and could prevent burnout (61.8%). Sixty-four percent thought that HEAL helped them to understand their colleagues and classmates.

CONCLUSIONS:

This survey found that the medical students perceive HEAL as having positive value.

PMID:
24129869
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