Narrative Medicine Introductory Course (Webinar) – Alan Klass Program in Health and Humanities

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  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 1 - October 17, 2022Oct 17, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 2 - October 24, 2022Oct 24, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 3 - November 7, 2022Nov 7, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 4 - November 14, 2022Nov 14, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 5 - November 21, 2022Nov 21, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Narrative Medicine Introductory Course Week 6 - November 28, 2022Nov 28, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Sponsored by the Alan Klass Program in Health and Humanities

The new Interprofessional Health, Arts, and Humanities program offers Rady Faculty of Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students arts and humanities programming that enhances well-being and improves patient care. Workshops can be taken individually or as part of the new Certificate in Health, Arts, and Humanities.

This course introduces 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 comprises of 6 weekly sessions of two hours each, 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. (12 hours)

Zoom login information will be sent to webinar registrants prior to the event.

Additional information can be found here.

Please note there will not be class October 31, 2022.


Maurice Mierau’s last book was a monograph on the poetry of Patrick Friesen, How Mind and Body Move. His memoir, Detachment, won the Kobzar Literary Award, as well as the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction. His poetry collections include Autobiographical Fictions, Fear Not, winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry, and Ending with Music. Mierau was founding editor of the Canadian fiction imprint Enfield & Wizenty, and of the online magazine Winnipeg Review. Born in Indiana, he grew up in Nigeria, Manitoba, Jamaica, Kansas and Saskatchewan. He holds an MA in English literature and in 2019 attended a Columbia University seminar on Narrative Medicine. Mierau has worked extensively in the College of Medicine with a variety of learner groups, and he is one of this year’s Artists in Residence.

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Program Coordinator

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    Ashley LaRosa
    Ashley LaRosa
    Faculty Development Coordinator
    Office of Innovation and Scholarship in Medical Education
    S204, Medical Services Building, Bannatyne Campus
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    Ashley.LaRosa@umanitoba.ca
    204-272-3102 phone
    204-272-3169 fax