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Impact of a Creative Arts Journal on a Medical School Community

Title: Impact of a Creative Arts Journal on a Medical School Community: A Qualitative Study.
Name(s): Rodríguez, Jose, author
Welch, Tana, author
Edwards, Janine C., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM) has created a new creative arts journal called HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature. This study was designed to evaluate the influence creative arts publications may have on students, faculty, and staff of a medical school. The investigators randomly selected 17 participants from 25 volunteers in the HEAL project who agreed to be interviewed. They used consensual qualitative research methods to analyze the data, identifying major areas of impact HEAL had on the faculty, students, and staff. Three major themes were identified: Strengthening Professional Relationships (SPR), Educational Enhancement (EE), and Self-Expression (SE). The following sub-themes were identified: SPR—changed perceptions; SE—artistic self-expression; EE—faculty example, and positive reinforcement of career choice. HEAL is perceived as a valuable part of medical education, and the identified themes can be tested in further research.
Identifier: FSU_migr_fmr-0048 (IID), 10.1080/08893675.2012.736179 (DOI)
Keywords: creative arts journals, humanism, medical education, medical humanities, medicine, professionalism
Note: Originally published in Journal of Poetry Therapy, available at:
Citation: Rodriguez JE, Welch TJ, & Edwards JC. (2012). Impact of a creative arts journal on a medical school community: A qualitative study. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 25 (4): 197-204.
Subject(s): Arts
Medical education
Medical sciences
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Family Medicine and Rural Health Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Poetry Therapy.
Issue: 4, 25

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Rodríguez, J., Welch, T., & Edwards, J. C. (2012). Impact of a Creative Arts Journal on a Medical School Community: A Qualitative Study. Journal Of Poetry Therapy. Retrieved from