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Comment & Response
March 2015

Teaching the Diagnostic and Healing Qualities of Story

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(3):460. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.7868

To the Editor In an era when social histories can be “copy forwarded” from one electronic note to the next, the Perspective by Mansel1 is a timely reminder that our patients’ stories do not fit multiple-choice checkboxes. The Association of American Medical Colleges has called for a renewed focus on the behavioral and social sciences (BSS) in medical school curricula to facilitate, as Mansel writes, strengthening connections and building trust between patients and clinicians.2 In the context of residency training, how can we put these strategies into practice?

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