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Sponsored by the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Alan Klass Health Humanities Program and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development
Medicine is an art, and yet the arts are too often absent from the practice of medicine. Dr. Rita Charon and others have described the intersection of narrative art with medicine as the practice of narrative medicine. This series will explore such a practice by processing narratives in every context – verbal, written, formal, informal – in such a way that learners become more empathetic and accurate listeners, readers, writers, and communicators.
This series teaches narrative by engaging you as a reader, writer, and medical professional. Positive health outcomes depend on communication, empathy, and collaboration, all skills that are integral to narrative medicine. This series consists of eight two-hour sessions, and is designed for those who have not previously studied narrative medicine; no reading or writing outside class will be required.
- Develop close reading, listening and observation skills
- Practice reflective and creative writing skills
- Learn how narrative medicine and ethical considerations related to its practice happen in the context of clinical practice.
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Facilitator: Maurice Mierau is the author of Detachment: An Adoption Memoir, which won the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. He has published three books of poems, Autobiographical Fictions, ReLit Award winner Fear Not, and Ending with Music. His work has appeared in most major Canadian newspapers and literary magazines. Maurice, who holds an MA in English literature, has taught journaling and other writing topics to students at the Max Rady College of Medicine over the last five years.