Journal: Medical Education Author: William Bynum Lara Varpio Publication Date: Sep 2017 Volume Number: 52 Issue: 3
Description: Among his duties, Hermes was responsible for delivering messages among the Greek gods and to the mortal world, and for interpreting those messages and conveying their underlying meaning.1 Hermeneutic phenomenology, like the messenger god with whom it shares its lexical root, is a qualitative research methodology that goes beyond describing a phenomenon to exploring and conveying its meaning in the context of everyday life.2 Sometimes referred to as interpretive phenomenology, hermeneutic phenomenology seeks to uncover the meaning and central structures, or essences, of a participant's lived experience with a phenomenon and the contextual forces that shape it. As such, it can help researchers more fully understand complex, environmentally influenced phenomena, ranging from learner mistreatment and burnout to learners' experiences on a clerkship or interprofessional team.
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