Centre for Faculty Development's Narrative Medicine Program
This event hosted by the Centre for Faculty Development.
NARRATIVE MEDICINE: READING, WRITING, AND REFLECTING IN CLINICAL PRACTICE, TEACHING, AND SELF-CARE (FALL 2019)
Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practised with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect more expertly gives practitioners a powerful skill with which to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaging way. This program is designed for healthcare practitioners looking to inform their professional practise with narrative approaches to health and medicine, and those seeking to explore creative and reflective writing for their own sake.
This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion. Participants will be guided through in-class exercises in close reading, close listening, and creative and reflective writing. Sessions will include an ongoing discussion on the ways that healthcare practice can be informed by narrative medicine and the relationship between the creative and healing arts, as well as the ethical questions raised by narratively-informed approaches.
More advanced elements of the art of writing will be introduced as the course proceeds. Participants will read a selection of short literary works and discuss what they offer as models, and the course will offer opportunities for participants to share their own work, enhancing their comfort with expression, communication, and feedback. Guest speakers will offer theoretical, practical and creative perspectives on additional genres, such as poetry and non-fiction.
This new program consists of seven 2.5-hour sessions and will require in-between-session homework and reading.
Registration is now open until September 16, 2019. There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 17 participants will be accepted into the program on a first-come-first-serve basis. The program will run if a minimum of 10 participants is met.