Other Works

Academic Writing
Literary and Public Medical Writing
Select Presentations
Articles About & Audio/Video Featuring Louise Aronson

Academic Writing

Aronson L. A Tale of Two Doctors – Structural Inequalities and the Culture of Medicine. New England Journal of Medicine 2017; 376:2390-2393.

Aronson L. Case-based Suffering, Academic Medicine, Vol. 92, No. 4, April 2017

Miller-Kuhlman R, O’Sullivan PS, Aronson L. Essential steps in developing best practices to assess reflective skill: A comparison of two rubrics. Med Teach 2016;38(1):75-81.

Aronson L. UCSF LEAP: Learning from Your Experiences as A Professional, in Peterkin A (Ed.) Portfolio to Go. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016

Bautista CA, Stella J, Hayes M, Aronson L. Personal as Professional, Professional as Personal: Using Stories to Explore Diversity and Practice Professionalism. In Stagno S and Blackie M, Engaging Hearts and Minds: The Use of Literature to Teach Professionalism, 2016.

Aronson L. Afterword: Keeping Reflection Accountable. In Brett-MacLean P and Peterkin A, Keeping Reflection Fresh: Top Educators Share their Innovations in Health Professions Education. Kent State University Press, 2016.

Aronson L. Foreword: Reflection, Critical Reflection and Global Health. Bui T, Evert J, McCarthy V, et al (eds).  Reflection in Global Health: An Anthology.  Global Health Collaborations Press; San Francisco: 2016.

Aronson L. Stories as Evidence, Evidence as Stories. JAMA 2015;314(2):125-6.

Bautista CA, Covinsky K, Aronson L. Chronic Care Management for Medicare Patients. JAMA 2015 313(22):22286-7.

Aronson L. Necessary Steps: How Health Care Fails Older Patients, And How It Can Be Done Better. Health Affairs 2015 Mar;34(3): 528-532.

Aronson L. The Human Lifecycle’s Neglected Stepchild. Lancet 2015 385(9967):500-1.

Aronson L, Bautista CA, Covinsky K. Medicare and Care Coordination: Expanding the Clinician’s Toolbox. JAMA 2015;313(8):

Rivera V, Yukawa M, Aronson L, Widera E. Teaching Geriatric Fellows How to Teach: A needs assessment targeting geriatrics fellowship program directors. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2014 Dec;62(12):2377-82.

Aronson L. Mentorship: Asking the Right Questions. Academic Medicine. 2014 Oct;89(10):1357.

Rivera J, Reeves S, Aronson L. Interprofessional Teams in Geriatrics in Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment. Lange Medical Books, 2014.

Aronson L. How Do We Tell the Stories of Medicine? Lancet April 26, 2014. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60707-8/fulltext

Williams B, Ahalt C, Aronson L. Aging Correctional Populations. Chapter in Bruinsma G and Weisburd D, The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Springer. NY, 2014. 48-59

Rivera J, Reeves S, Aronson L. Interprofessional Teams in Geriatrics in Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment. Lange Medical Books, 2014.

Smith AK, Lo B, Aronson L. Elder Self-Neglect: What is Our Responsibility? NEJM 2013; 369(26): 2476-9. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1310684

Aronson L. The Value of Medical Education Programs: What Are the Right Questions? Med Educ 2013; 47:333-341

Aronson L. “Good” Patients and “Difficult’ Patients: Rethinking Our Definitions. NEJM 2013; 369(9):796-7. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1303057

Aronson L, Niehaus B, Hill-Sakurai L, Lai C, O’Sullivan PS. A comparison of two methods of teaching reflective ability in year 3 medical students. Medical Education. 2012 Aug; 46(8):807-814. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22803758

Rivera J, Mackin L, Aronson L. The UCSF Interprofessional Aging and Palliative Care Elective. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2012;60 Suppl 4. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2012.04000.x/abstract

Aronson L, Niehaus B, Kruidering M, O’Sullivan P. The UCSF LEaP: A guide for reflective learning in medical education. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. www.mededportal.org/publication/9073.

Aronson L, Kruidering M, O’Sullivan P. The UCSF Faculty Development Workshop on Critical Reflection in Medical Education: Training Educators to Teach and Provide Feedback on Learners’ Reflections. MedEdPORTAL; 2012. www.mededportal.org/publication/9086.

Aronson L, Niehaus B, Lindow J, Robertson P, O’Sullivan P. Development and pilot testing of a reflective learning guide for medical education. Medical Teacher. 2011;33(10):e515-21. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/0142159X.2011.599894

White-Chu F, Flock P and Struck B, Aronson L. Update in the diagnosis, management and prevention of pressure ulcers in long-term care. In: Paniagua M (Ed). Clinics in Geriatric Medicine. 2011; ;27(2):241-58. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21641509

Aronson L. 12 Tips for teaching reflection at all levels of medical education. Medical Teacher. 2011;33(3):200-5. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/0142159X.2010.507714

O‘Sullivan, P., Aronson, L., Chittenden, E., Niehaus, B., Learman, L.. Reflective ability rubric and user guide. MedEdPORTAL, 2010. https://www.mededportal.org/publication/8133.

Aronson L, Niehaus B, DeVries C, Siegel J, O’Sullivan P. Do writing and storytelling skill influence assessment of reflective ability in medical students’ written reflections? Academic Medicine. 2010; 85(10):S29-S32. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20881698

Aronson L, Chittenden E, O’Sullivan P. A faculty development workshop in teaching reflection. Medical Education. 2009;43(5):499. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19422521

Aronson L. Osler, Plutarch and the intimate observation of human behavior. In: LaCombe M, ed. Osler’s Bedside Library: Great Literature from a Great Physician. Philadelphia: ACP Press; 2009. https://www.acponline.org/ebizatpro/ProductsandServices/BooksfromACPPress/ACPPressDetail/tabid/203/Default.aspx?ProductId=17193

Johnston, CB and Aronson L. Exercise in elders. Portal of Geriatric Online Education. 2006. http://www.pogoe.org/productid/18819

Aronson L. Dementia. In: Saint S and Frances C, eds. The Saint-Frances Guide to Outpatient Medicine. Appleton & Lange; 1998.

Aronson L., Landefeld CS. Examining older people for carotid bruits: listen to your patient, not to her neck. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 1998;13(2):140-1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1496909/

Aronson L. Refugee intermediaries and the delivery of health care to Cambodian refugees. Practicing Anthropology.  1987.

Aronson L. Traditional Cambodian health beliefs and practices. Rhode Island Medical Journal. 1986;70(2):73-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3470871


Literary and Public Medical Writing

Necessary Violence, New England Review, NER, Vol. 38, #3

Don’t Discriminate Against Mutants Like Me. New York Times, March 23, 2017.

Found Medical Poetry, and Dear Patient. Hippocrates Prize Anthology, 2017

The Joys of Writing, KQED Perspective, September 11, 2015.

The Medical System May Treat You Well But Less So After You Reach Age 80, Washington Post, April 2015.

The Age of Dignity, New York Times Book Review, March 1, 2015.

Assisted Living, Bellevue Literary Review, Spring 2015.

New Buildings for Older People, New York Times Sunday Review, November 1, 2014.

Dementia care: What many doctors don’t know and how you can help. Aging Today. September-October 2014.

The Bay Area Must Invest in Health Services for Older Adults. SF Chronicle/SF Gate, July 30, 2014.

Book Review: Examining Empathy. Lancet 2014; 384: 16-17.

Robot Caregivers, New York Times. July 20, 2014.

Love or Money. Narrative Magazine, Fall 2013.

The Truth about Fiction. Story Prize Blog, November 11. 2013.

Why Physicians Need to Write. KevinMD, May 21, 2013.

Book NotesLargehearted Boy, February 20, 2013.

Every Fifteen Seconds: Two Missed Opportunities to Teach Fall Prevention. KevinMD, Feb 14, 2013.

Weighing the End of Life. New York Times, February 3, 2013.

Giving Good Death. Seattle Review. Vol.2 No.2-3, 2010.

Why Geriatrics? Annals of Internal Medicine. 2010;152:61.

Survival Skills. Yellow Medicine Review. Fall 2009.

Fires and Flat Lines. Fourteen Hills. Vol. 15.1, Winter 2009.

The Ethics of Everyday Life. Journal of Aging, Humanities and the Arts. 2009 3(2).

Twenty-Five Things I Know. Sonora Review. Issue #54, Fall 2008.

After. New Millennium Writings. Summer 2008.

Snapshots from an Institution. The Literary Review. Summer 2008.

Symptoms. Bellevue Literary Review. Fall 2008.

Blurred Boundary Disorder. Northwest Review.  Fall 2008.

Medical Linguistics. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007 22(12);1781.

Protecting the Elderly. San Francisco Chronicle. April 10, 2007.

A New Breed of Magic: Canine Assistance in Alzheimer’s Care. BARK. No. 11, Spring, 2000.

A City Full of the Hidden Homebound. San Francisco Chronicle. December 20, 1999.

The Fear of Losing Who We Are. San Francisco Chronicle. November 28, 1999.


Select Presentations

East Virginia Medical School, May 2014                                                                                                         Advocating for the Elderly: Using Stories to Improve Care, Education and Research

Ohio State University, May 2014                                                                                                                            Narrative Advocacy: How to Write Op-Eds and Personal Narratives that Make a Difference

University of Iowa Examined Life Conference keynote, April 2014                                                  Adventures in Storytelling: Using Stories to Improve Health and Health Care, April 2014

University of Texas, Houston. AOA Honors Medical Society valedictory address, March 2014 Counterintuitive Musings on Success in Medicine

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine plenary, March 2014                                                        The Human Side of Healthcare

Donald W. Reynolds annual meeting, October 2013                                                                                           Self-Promotion: Advancing Your Career Without Sacrificing Your Soul

La Clinica de la Raza Health System, October 2012
Preparing for the Silver Tsunami: Approach to the Older Patient

American Geriatrics Society, May 2012
Public Medical Writing: Op-Eds, Blogs, and Medical and Policy Journal Essays
What is Educational Scholarship and How Do You Do It Well?

University of Iowa, Writing and the Art of Medicine, April 2012
Public Medical Writing: A Longitudinal, Developmental Curriculum for Medical Students

Alameda County Medical Center, February 2012
Preventing and Managing an Epidemic: Falls in Older Adults

Cornell University, Visiting Professor, February 2012
Advocating for the Elderly: Public Medical Communication

New York Academy of Sciences, February 2012
The Influence of a Research Experience on Students’ Commitment to Academic Medicine

University of California, Irvine, Distinguished Visiting Professor, January 2012
Public Medical Communication: An Emerging Skill Set

American Association of Medical Colleges, November 2011.
Writing for Change: A Program to Train Residents in Health Policy Advocacy through Narrative

Stanford University, August 2011
Critical Reflection to Promote Professionalism and Improve Care

UCSF Faculty Development Day, February 2011
Critical Reflection in Medical Education

AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs, April 2010
Narrative Medicine to Promote Cultural Competence

Association of American Medical Colleges, November 2010
Critical Reflection, Professionalism, and Portfolios

American Geriatrics Society, May 2009
Making your work count twice – Peer-review and Dissemination of Educational Efforts
Narrative Medicine: Novel Strategies to Improve Patient Care and Geriatrics Education

American Diabetes Association Annual Meeting, June 2008
Uses of Narrative and Literature in Medical Education

UCSF Graduate Medical Education Grand Rounds, May 2008
Medical Humanities: Opportunity or Oxymoron?

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, March 2008
Evaluating Reflective Exercises

Primary Care Leadership Training Program, American Medical Students Association, June 2007
Health Disparities in the Elderly: What You Should Know, What You Can Do


Articles About & Audio/Video Featuring Louise Aronson

Writing about Illness and Aging  KQED Forum

Medical Work Inspired Aronson’s Stories  San Francisco Chronicle

Interview of Louise Aronson  Fourteen Hills Magazine

Reading from A History of the Present Illness  Narrative Medicine Rounds

Reading and Discussion  One Community/One Book

Cancer Care for Older Adults  Talk About Health

Louise Aronson answers “The Question” Story Prize Blog

Physician Uses Fiction to Capture Experience AAMC Reporter

Falls in Older Adults UCTV

Writing for Change UCSF Frontiers

Pathways to Discovery UCSF Frontiers