If current trends continue, women doctors in the United States and Canada will soon outnumber their male counterparts. Increasingly, the stories of doctors are the stories of women. In conceptualizing the female physician as storyteller, it is important to consider her both as an embodied and socially gendered female, and also as a professional with experiences, roles, and beliefs arising out of her identity as a physician. The uses of story within medicine are numerous and complex, ranging from clinical or scientific communication, to reflective narrative intended to improve clinical skills, to creative storytelling within an artistic realm. In addition to providing a brief overview of the current thought on narrative in medicine, I will explore my own experience as a woman physician writer to illustrate how theory translates into practice.
"“I Check My Emotions the Way You Might Check a Pulse...": Stories of Women Doctors,"
Storytelling, Self, Society:
2, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol6/iss2/5