Commentary: two kinds of intelligence

Maren Batalden, Elizabeth Gaufberg
Academic Medicine 2012, 87 (9): 1157-8
This commentary is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Academic Medicine feature Teaching and Learning Moments. The authors reflect that the moments highlighted in these columns are everyday moments in every medical school, in every residency program, in every clinic, in every hospital. These moments become extraordinary and personally transformative only when we pay attention. The invitation to honor these moments and value our subjective experiences is an invitation to integrity, to unite "soul" and "role." Yet the power of these narratives is not truly unleashed until they are discussed in community. In conversation, these personal narratives or "stories of self" have the potential to find common cause with the stories of others and become "stories of us." Through conversation that is rooted in a particular time and place, these stories of self and stories of us are linked to a "story of now." And these public narratives have the power to catalyze movements for change.

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