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Practice of Narrative Medicine in Medical Postgraduate English Teaching in the Internet Age

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DOI: 10.25236/etmhs.2022.032


Jie Li, Xiuling Wu, Xiaojun Huang, Shuxian Wang, Yan He

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Jie Li


General medical students are the gatekeepers of the residents’ healthy future and shoulder the important responsibility of primary medical care. Improving the humanistic quality of general medical students has a positive effect on rebuilding a harmonious doctor-patient relationship. It is a wise approach to introduce the teaching concepts and teaching methods of narrative medicine into general medical education. In teaching, it is possible to improve general medical students’ humanistic education and narrative medical ability by offering literature courses, writing courses, film and television works appreciation courses, and doctor-patient communication courses. This can not only cultivate the humanistic literacy of general medical students, but also improve patient compliance, which is conducive to establishing and improving the community health service system and promoting the sustainable development of our country’s primary medical and health undertakings. However, the current status of medical graduate English education at the level of ordinary English can no longer meet this goal. Adopting the teaching method of narrative medicine and improving the professional level and knowledge skills of medical graduates from the perspective of professional English will become an effective way to improve the problem of professional students’ non-professional English structure. Narrative medicine originates from the application of literary narrative in the field of medicine. Based on the importance of narrative medicine in clinical practice, this article discusses the origin and development of narrative medicine, analyzes and evaluates the current situation of medical student training in our country, and proposes narrative medicine integration into postgraduate English teaching in order to improve the professional quality of medical students, effectively ease the relationship between doctors and patients, and reduce doctor-patient disputes.


Narrative medicine, Humanities education, Professional english