Narrative Medicine Interest Group

The narrative medicine interest group circles around the idea of story that plays at many levels within healthcare and medicine. Narrative Medicine, as a formal noun, is defined as “a model for humane and effective medical practice which adopts methods such as close reading of literature and reflective writing to allow physicians to examine and illuminate medicine’s central narrative situations: physician and patient, physician and self, physician and colleagues, and physicians and society.”

This group hopes to cultivate learning and skill development in its members through humanities and medicine special lectures, reflective writing workshops, and other opportunities to allow future physicians the capacity to understand and react accordingly to the stories patients and physicians alike bring to every medical encounter. In this work, we hope to create a community for sharing experience and understanding, and encourage one another in writing about the humanity at the center of healthcare—both for ourselves, and for society at large.

Contact

Margaret Duncan: margaret.duncan@wustl.edu