This innovative volume provides fresh perspectives on how medical students and patients construct identities in relation to each other, using stories of their clinical encounters. It explores how paying attention to medical students’ and patients’ stories in clinical teaching encounters can encourage empathy and the formation of professional identities that embody desirable values such as integrity and respect.

Written by an experienced clinician and based on original, rigorous research combining ethnography and dialogic narrative analysis, Storytelling Encounters as Medical Education: Crafting Relational Identity includes patient stories alongside those of students and clinical teachers.

This is an important contribution for all those interested in medical education, narrative medicine, person-centred care and identity formation in healthcare. It will also be of value to scholars in a range of other disciplines, who are using a dialogic approach.

chapter 1|20 pages

Storytelling matters

chapter 2|21 pages

Dialogues from the field

chapter 3|19 pages

Real patients are different

chapter 4|16 pages

Imagining the students’ world

chapter 5|18 pages

Object or active participant?

chapter 6|19 pages

Allies and adversaries *

chapter 7|19 pages

Complexity, contest and confusion

chapter 8|20 pages

Towards a dialogic medical education