Narrative Medicine: A Model for Humane and Effective Medical Practice

What clinician doesn't benefit from remembering that behind every disease is a patient with a story? Connecting to a patient's story — and ultimately to that person's humanity — helps both the patient and the clinician.

One of the hallmarks of burnout is the depersonalization of the patient. Fortunately, narrative medicine can be protective against this.

Narrative medicine has been defined as "a wholesome medical approach that recognizes the value of people's narratives in clinical practice, research and education as a way to promote healing." It "aims to address the relational and psychological dimensions that occur in tandem with physical illness, with the perspective to treat patients as humans with individual stories, rather than simply the symptoms displayed on their medical chart."

This workshop, as part of the Clinical Teaching Series, serves to provide a structure by which to build a narrative medicine curriculum for your learners and implement narrative medicine practice into your clinical teaching. It also serves to enhance educators’ awareness of the field its importance.

Learning Objectives:

  • To educate physicians on the field of narrative medicine.
  • To discuss the benefits of narrative medicine for the teacher and learner.
  • To discuss how to implement narrative medicine practice into your clinical teaching.

Facilitated by: Kristin Collier, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Target Audience: any faculty who are interested in learning how to use narrative medicine to facilitate wellness in their learners.

 If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright at wjordan@med.umich.edu or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.  

CME Credits

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact Jordan Wright wjordan@med.umich.edu or 734-764-2574. Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.
 

Upcoming Sessions

There are no scheduled sessions for this workshop. Interested in attending a future session? Let us know.