Physician, Know Thyself: Using Digital Storytelling to Promote Reflection in Medical Education

  • Pip Hardy
Part of the Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Hardy highlights the use of digital storytelling in medical education, describing a pilot project in which third-year medical students reflected on clinical practice placements through the creation of digital stories. The chapter reveals the students’ insights into the relationship between who they are, who they will become and the kind of care they will provide. Hardy also shows readers how students incorporated Bruner’s “science of the concrete” and “science of the imagination” while simultaneously “transforming and extending their knowledge.” The degree to which students were able to integrate clinical knowledge with the ability to empathise with patients and contemplate meeting challenges in new and creative ways is apparent in their stories, while implications for further practice are clearly articulated in their reflective statements about the process.


Medical Student Professional Identity General Medical Council Module Guide Reflective Writing 
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  • Pip Hardy
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  1. 1.Pilgrim ProjectsCambridgeUK

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