Reflective writing for physicians: The 55-word story

I encourage you to consider this tool as a short writing exercise to help process your emotions after a difficult patient encounter or a challenging day. 55 words, we can all do that!

Here are two that I came up with:

Three Yeses and a No


Now it’s your turn! Send me your 55-word story! I’d love to post it here.

Submit it to me in the comments box, or email me at, and I’ll consider your submission for publication in this post.



Physician/writer. Essayist, published in NEJM, JAMA, JAMA Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and The ASCO Post. Doximity Op-Med Fellow.

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