The Case Studies to Case Stories Program is a proposal for an iPad-mediated mobile learning experience. It will combine the reflective writing techniques of narrative medicine with location-based learning to help second- and third-year medical students develop cultural competence based on direct community experiences.
A mobile learning experience is an appropriate way to connect medical students to communities using technology they are familiar with. It will allow students to explore the use of multimedia (a topic in which they have a great deal of interest) to identify locations that are important to the different cultures in their community, to listen to and share narratives with members of their communities, and to take sterile case facts often reported in case studies to turn them into case stories. These stories will form the basis of enduring learning materials and scenarios that can be used to further discussion with their peers and instructors to help them develop better clinical practice skills.
An mlearning proposal for From Case Studies to
Case Stories: Developing Cultural Competence
Through Narrative Medicine