This pediatrician's secret weapon for patient engagement? Cartooning

For John Maypole, MD, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, cartooning is more than a hobby; it's a way to help connect with his patients, reports The Boston Globe.

Dr. Maypole serves as director of the hospital's Comprehensive Care Program, which treats children with chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities.

He often draws cartoons for patients during check-ups to help make patients feel more comfortable. 

"It distracts them and redirects them from worrying about the flu shot they're getting today," Dr. Maypole told The Boston Globe.

He said the activity also helps him get better insights into his patients' thoughts and fears. 

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