Integrating Literature into Programs for Medical Paraprofessionals

9 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2012

Date Written: November 12, 2012


This essay shares one teachers experience with using literature in courses for students wishing to become medical paraprofessionals. Written in small vignettes, specific medical topics are connected to pieces of literature, including a discussion of how that literature can be used in the education process. Major educational topics include: avoiding bias; the placebo/expectation effect; SOAP notes; HIPAA & Patient Privacy; responsibility of healthcare providers; connecting history to today’s medical practices; interdisciplinary thinking; and having a system-wide perspective.

Keywords: literature, medicine, medical paraprofessionals, philosophy

Suggested Citation

Walker, Jacob J., Integrating Literature into Programs for Medical Paraprofessionals (November 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Jacob J. Walker (Contact Author)

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12730 Shockley Court
Auburn, CA California 95603
United States
916-532-1311 (Phone)


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