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The Art of Narrative Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
Narrative medicine, as defined by Rita Charon, MD is to "recognize, absorb, interpret and be moved by stories of illness." The course will help students develop the ability to "perceive the suffering, to bring interpretive rigor to what they perceive, to handle the inevitable oscillations between identification and detachment, to see events of illness from multiple points of view, to envision the ramifications of illness, and to be moved by it to action [1]." Exposure to and application of narrative medicine concepts provides and enhances the skills required to build humanistic, therapeutic alliances with patients, applicable across a wide spectrum of clinical complexity and challenging presentations. In this course, students explore medically themed literary and art works to engage with the narrative aspects of modern illness, including literature around pandemics. They will also hone their skills of collecting, analyzing, and producing creative and academic writing. 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

West South Central

University or College

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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)

21087; 35406

Course Title

The Art of Narrative Medicine

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Assistant Professor

Academic Year(s) Active

2020/21, 2021/22

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