Medical school is an intense environment, filled with new experiences, feelings and thoughts. Personal essay is where the "I" intersects with our environment to make sense of the world around us with a personal, subjective view. Narrative medicine uses a story-essay to discover meaning and purpose in illness and healing. This class is for those who wish to learn how writing can improve our ability to reflect, stay focused and interact with patients and colleagues. Our main focus in the class is on participants' writing. Depending upon class size, there will be two or three brief writing assignments. Each student will lead a discussion of an essay from that year's text. Participants will distribute their writing among the group for discussion in an open, constructive workshop. The class may feature guest faculty and a session on publication.