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Reflective Writing Workshops

Reflective writing workshops are integrated into the clerkship curriculum. They take place four times a year, during the “post-cede” of each clinical rotation. They provide students a structured environment for individual and group reflection.

The sessions are led by senior students to increase student comfort with expressing personal stories. Through a series of guided written prompts of increasing complexity, students write about their clerkship experiences. At several points, they share what they wrote with the group. The prompts begin with short, straightforward questions and then become more complex and personal. Students’ answers often lead to further discussion with peers about shared experiences, reflections upon their education, and differing experiences or viewpoints.

Student leaders train the facilitators. The student leaders and faculty director debrief with the facilitators after each session and intermittently meet with clerkship directors to provide a sense of themes.

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Current Student Directors

Faculty Director

Making the Invisible Visible: Exploring Bias Through Art

Making the Invisible Visible is a guided art tour and reflection session that takes place during the first YSM course—Introduction to the Profession. The session is held at the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art, except when it was conducted virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this session, participants observe and interpret works of art through a structured framework to discuss identity and bias. They analyze how the historical background of an artwork can shed light on bias in healthcare, health inequities, and hierarchies of power in medicine, and explore the impact of bias on patient care and interpersonal interactions in clinical practice.

Current Student Leaders

Current Resident and Faculty Leaders

Additional Opportunities

Other humanities sessions are interspersed throughout the curriculum. Students may choose a humanities focus for their thesis or other research.