Narrative Medicine is medicine practiced with narrative competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and honor the stories of illness. The discipline was founded at Columbia University by Dr. Rita Charon. This competence lets clinicians imagine and enter patients’ worlds, represent complex events or situations so as to understand them better, and reflect on their own experiences in caring for the sick.
Narrative medicine proposes that the goals of health care include social justice, recognition of the whole persons who care and are cared for, and the development of trust and self-discovery within committed clinical relationships. Courses and workshops in narrative medicine provide rigorous tools (literature, philosophy, race, and other theory as well as art in various forms) to engage with patients and/or marginalized populations with empathy.
The 6 week workshop is designed to expose students to the principles and practices of narrative medicine. No prior experience with Narrative Medicine or clinical practice is required to participate in the workshop; we welcome individuals with a wide range of identities and experiences and encourage all to apply.