TimeSlips Improves Medical Student Attitudes

George, D., Stuckey, H., Dillon, C., & Whitehead, M. (2011). Impact of Participation in TimeSlips, a Creative Group-Based Storytelling Program, on Medical Student Attitudes Toward Persons With Dementia: A Qualitative Study. The Gerontologist, 51(5), 699-703 | January 1, 2011



Purpose: To evaluate whether medical student participation in TimeSlips (TS), a creative group-based storytelling program, with persons affected by dementia would improve student attitudes toward this patient population.

Methods: Fifteen fourth-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine participated in a month-long regimen of TS sessions at a retirement community. Student course evaluations were analyzed at the conclusion of the program to examine perceived qualitative changes in attitude.

Results: Qualitative data revealed insights into the manner in which student attitudes toward a geriatric patient population became more positive.

Conclusion: This is the first known pilot study to suggest that participation in a creative group-based storytelling program might improve medical student attitudes toward persons with dementia.