Introducing Narrative-Based Medicine – Part One
The art of telling - and listening to - stories is fundamental to what it means to be human. Storytelling is a craft that can be developed with practice.
Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect on narratives will give you a powerful ability to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way.
This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative-Based Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion. Participants will be guided through in-class exercises in close reading, close listening, and creative and reflective writing. We will also create and share written work to enhance participants’ comfort with expression, communication, and feedback. As well as discussing the goals and benefits of narrative medicine, class discussion will return to the questions raised by the participants’ clinical and educational practice with the aim of enhancing narrative competence in working life.
This new program, consisting of six, two hour sessions, will meet the needs of healthcare clinicians and educators coming to narrative medicine for the first time. There will be little or no homework/readings for this program.
Registration is now open and closes Sep 26, 2018. There is an associated registration fee of $500. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come-first serve basis.