Stories in Medicine: "At New York City's Columbia University, students are experiencing a novel approach to medical training. Besides the scientific charts they keep on patients, the students are writing about their encounters and emotional reactions in ordinary language.
This program in "narrative medicine" includes lectures on medical ethics and guest lectures by writers such as Susan Sontag, but the core of the program is writing and reading from these parallel charts."
This is an interesting NPR audio piece on how medical students are incorporating "narrative feedback" into their medical training. Reflection and narrative feedback are often cited as the main benefits of educational weblogs.
I think that one of the most important points I gleaned from this story is how the young doctors became more perceptive once they made a conscious effort to listen and socially interact with their patients.
So often we try so many other things or throw too many "solutions" at a problem, when the simplest answer is just to stop, listen, and learn from each other.