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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:20 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the Narrative Medicine framework for practicing medicine. Rita Charon, MD PhD, who developed the field of Narrative Medicine writes that “The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absob, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, is proposed as a model for humane and effective medical practice.” In this elective, students will learn to elicit from patients’ their narratives in a way that creates a better connection between physician and patient. Medical students will learn how their own narrative as students and future physicians affects the way they practice medicine. In developing their narrative competence, medical students will become more empathetic, compassionate and well-rounded physicians. 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 Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

East North Central

University or College

University of Illinois

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)

36456; 46006

Course Title

Narrative Medicine

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Academic Year(s) Active

unclear, but ongoing

Course Enrolment


Primary Works on Reading List

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

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