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Fifty-five word stories: A unique form for reflection and creative expression in medical humanities


 Department of Education, Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Shailesh Rajaram Deshpande,
Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Lalani Quantum, Pune-Bengaluru Bypass, Bavdhan, Budruk, Pune - 411 021, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_720_21

The fifty-five word story form is gaining popularity within the field of medical humanities. Health-care professionals, particularly in the USA, are exploring the form as a means of creative expression to describe their encounters with patients, or comment on the practice of medicine. Its brevity and exactness are especially appealing for busy professionals. In addition, its potential as a method for personal reflection and teaching, which can lead to personal and professional growth, is also being realized. Medical institutions in the USA have encouraged their faculty and students to write about their experiences of the unprecedented challenges arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic by using this form, which has elicited a good response. The 55-word story form offers great promise for health-care professionals in India and other developing countries, for giving vent to their experiences while practicing in diverse settings.


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