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Narrative Medicine, University of Cincinnati
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The field of Narrative Medicine was developed by Rita Charon, MD, PhD at Columbia University in 2000 and has since been integrated into Columbia’s clinical medical education curriculum. Over the years, many educators have followed suit as they have learned of the many benefits this type of training can have on budding physicians. Currently, there are almost 20 Colleges of Medicine that have incorporated Narrative Medicine into their curriculum, including, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Yale, Duke, Georgetown and UCSF. Very simply, Narrative Medicine honors the story that the patient is telling. It fortifies clinical practice with the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by stories of illness. One of the biggest challenges in medicine is being able to understand that a patient's story is not just a description of symptoms, but an emotional, living narrative that is shared between the patient and clinician. The ultimate goal is for the patient to feel that their story has truly been heard by the physician. The ultimate goal for the physician is to better understand the patient’s needs. Consequently, the clinical encounter can become more therapeutic and can lead to self-reflection and empathy in the physician. Interestingly, Narrative Medicine workshops have been used to prevent burn-out which is an all too familiar issue. Many participants feel that they became more in touch with their human side and felt that their passions had been sparked again. Elective only. 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 https://postdiscipline.english.ox.ac.uk/. Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.