Graphic Medicine, Provider Training, Empathy, Mental Health, Learning


As medical students progress through their training, they experience a decline in empathy, mental health struggles, and difficulties in learning. The prevalence of depression, anxiety and burnout among medical students, along with the decline of empathy in medical students can impact their professionalism and quality of patient care as future physicians. This literature review shows how the integration of graphic medicine in provider training can address these problems, giving a new perspective on what medical education should look like. Thirty-three articles were found and reviewed by searching through the databases Academic Search Premier, PubMed, and Google Scholar, along with the website The findings revealed that graphic medicine promotes empathy by highlighting the patients’ experience of their illnesses through personal stories. Graphic medicine can also aid learning by increasing engagement and offering alternative ways to learn. Additionally, multiple studies showed how creating graphic memoirs can be a form of therapy for medical students, allowing them to express their difficult experiences in medicine through a creative outlet.

Thesis Completion Year


Thesis Completion Semester


Thesis Chair

Scott, Blake


College of Arts and Humanities


Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Thesis Discipline

Graphic Medicine



Access Status

Open Access

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Campus Location

Orlando (Main) Campus



Rights Statement

In Copyright