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Narrative Medicine Seminar: Writing Health and Illness, Medical University of South Carolina

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:20 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
This 8-week interactive course explores the various intersections between writing, health, and health care. Expressive and reflective writing are increasingly recognized for the role they can play in patient healing and provider wellness. Additionally, creative writing is recognized as a method for teaching health professions students to develop narrative competence—the ability to interpret, record, and retell the stories of patients effectively, recognizing that those stories are important sources of information that can assist in diagnosis and treatment. Guided by narrative medicine and health humanities theory and pedagogy, this course allows students to explore the role writing can play in their future practice, as they seek to become empathetic, patient-centered providers. As such, the course also stresses the role the arts and humanities play in health care education and practice. Elective only. Literature may also be used on the required FLEX 1, 2 and 3 Health Humanities courses, but this is unclear. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

South Atlantic

University or College

Medical University of South Carolina

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)

27551; 47117

Course Title

Narrative Medicine Seminar: Writing Health and Illness

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD Twentieth-Century American Literature

Position of Instructor(s)

Professor and Director of the Office of Humanities

Academic Year(s) Active

2021/22; likely to be longer running, but archives unavailable

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