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  • Introduction to Close Reading and Narrative MedicineSep 27, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Review of Narrative TheoryOct 4, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Close Reading and WritingOct 18, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Listening Better to NarrativeOct 25, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Journaling and Narrative MedicineNov 1, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Narrative and the Treatment of TimeNov 8, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • What Happens: IncidentNov 15, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Trying it All OutNov 22, 20215:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Sponsored by the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Alan Klass Medical Humanities Program and the Office of Educational and Faculty Development



This course teaches narrative medicine by engaging you as a reader, writer, and medical professional with narrative materials drawn from various literary genres, much of which has medical themes. Positive health outcomes depend on communication, empathy, and collaboration, all skills that are integral to narrative medicine. The course consists of eight two-hour sessions, and is designed for those who have not previously studied narrative medicine; each class will consist of close reading and writing exercises, sharing of reflective writing, and discussion of the reading and writing. No reading or writing outside class will be required.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 literature, and, by analogy, in 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.

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