ScribeMD: Mixed-methods analysis of a pen pal program in undergraduate medical education

G. Kneese, S. Barrera, J. Castillo, M. Garcia, A. Ryden, A. White, J. Vargas, J. Morrow

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Introduction: A growing emphasis on humanistic medical care has led to the development of programs to imbue more humanistic values into training physicians. The ScribeMD intra-class pen pal program is a narrative medicine tool designed to meet this need with a focus on the journey through medical education. This study intends to evaluate the efficacy of this novel program on the participants’ professional identity formation (PIF), emotional intelligence development (EID), and narrative competency improvement (NCI). Methods: This program evaluation involved quantitative and qualitative survey solicitations from first and second-year medical student participants and controls. An efficacy-triangulation model was developed as a quantitative outcome-measuring tool linking objective, writing prompts, and survey data. Results: The quantitative results showed statistically significant improvements in line with the Efficacy Triangulation Model in the participant group. Qualitatively, reflective and insight-driven gains were elicited, as were notable themes of personal and community improvements. Conclusion:ScribeMD poses a unique avenue for the development of more humanistic physicians during their medical education. We recommend additional development of the Efficacy Triangulation Model as well as the program design itself. We also recommend the piloting of this program in other healthcare-education settings both with medical education and other health professions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-324
Number of pages9
JournalMedical teacher
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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