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FLAP: Personal Writing as a Tool for Physician Well-being


There are many physical and emotional demands that are required in the professional training and socialization of a physician. Writing for self-expression and awareness has been shown to improve personal growth and decrease stress levels. Using writing as a tool in residency training as a forum for exchange and self-expression can foster a healthier learning environment. FLAP, Family Practice Literature and Arts Periodical, is a community--family practice residency-based--publication that allows residents and faculty to share their literary talents. It focuses on physician well-being and how writing can be used as a tool to manage stress. It is an English-Spanish bilingual publication that supports many forms of artistic expression and the diverse cultural and languages backgrounds represented by the residency community. It has received much positive feedback from residents and staff for its affirmation of physicians' professional development and attention to self care.

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