Narrative Medicine Interest Group

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
The Narrative Medicine Interest Group for medical students will meet on Thursday, December 7 in the Trent Center conference room, 108 Seeley Mudd Building.


Medical students meet with faculty facilitators Karen Jooste, MD, Jennifer Lawson, MD, and Brian Quaranta, MD and a team of students led by Alexis Wilsey, to read and discuss selected texts that reflect on the experience of illness. Narrative medicine engages attention to story in order to inform professional formation and practice. As noted by Rita Charon, professor of medicine and founder and executive director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, “Narrative medicine is…the capacity to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret and be moved by stories of illness.” Narrative medicine nurtures communication skills, clinical competence, empathy, cultural humility and resilience. The meeting is open to all medical students.