The use of student narratives as research substrates
Jiwa, M., Krejany, C., Angelides, E., Brown, M., Clark, R., Courtley, P., Dao, J., Faraj, H., Ghandi, M., Gordon, M., Huang, Y. Z., La Spina, C., McDermott, L., Murphy, N., Rattenbury, M., Robertson, A., Ruehland, H., Thomas, W., Bownes, S., Krones, C., Wells, R., & Rocha, G. S. (2019). The use of student narratives as research substrates. Journal of Health Design, 4 (3), 194-204.
Supervising medical students to develop a research project can be challenging. Unless a student has prior experience in research, they may struggle to identify a research question that can be addressed by a novice researcher in a time-limited project. At the same time, when a project spans years of the degree, a student who has been offered an “off-the-shelf” idea may lose interest in the project and the assignment can become burdensome. We describe how a cohort of medical students were encouraged to focus their project ideas on a story of someone whose medical problem was of interest to them. Most students opted to conduct a literature review based on their “story”. Here we present their stories and describe how they were led to this point in the process.
medical education; research; medical students; medical schools; narrative medicine