So my hospital recently started incorporating this new exercise that all of the students and residents are expected to participate in. It’s called parallel charting, or narrative medicine, and it’s basically an opportunity for the physician to tell a patient’s story through the patient’s eyes. It’s an opportunity for the caregiver to reflect on their emotions about a particular experience that really had an impact on them. Parallel charting is becoming pretty popular across the country and now many medical schools and residency programs are incorporating it into their curriculums. I personally found it to be both therapeutic and educational for all of the participants. In the beginning it was difficult for me to write a narrative about a patient experience without delving into the medical aspect of what was occurring. I had to stop myself several times and remember that this was more about setting a stage, and allowing the listener to really visualize the experience as if they were sitting in the room themselves. Discussing the sounds, the atmosphere, and the fine details about what was going on around you at that moment in time. It’s a great way to really get a lot off of your chest about a troubling situation that you may have never had the opportunity to talk to anyone about in a judgement-free environment. I love the direction that medicine is moving in currently, and hope that it continues to move in this more humanistic direction.