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Writing as Discovery: Use of Narrative Medicine to promote reflection and self awareness, University of Utah

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:21 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
Writing as Discovery offers students a path toward obtaining elective credit through participation in a variety of sponsored reflection/writing sessions of their choosing*. These sessions, offered throughout the academic year by a variety of sponsoring individuals/organizations, all promote reflection and self-discovery through written expression. For example, Dr Richards, the course director, will sponsor reoccurring sessions using Narrative Medicine methods as espoused by Rita Charon, MD, PhD, founder of Narrative Medicine. When using this method, participants read deeply a selected work of art (short story, poem, picture, movie clip), share reactions and insights to the work of art, write for less than 5 minutes to a given prompt, and are then given the option to share their writings with other participants for comment. This course is designed with a flexible structure to accommodate variations in students’ schedules and needs as they progress through their training. Students, residents, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in sponsored sessions whether or not they seek credit. Students seeking credit will meet with the course instructor at the time of registration to formulate an individualized plan for completing the course, aligned with students’ schedule and interests. 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.


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Geographic Region


University or College

University of Utah

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)

43569; 81424

Course Title

Writing as Discovery: Use of Narrative Medicine to promote reflection and self awareness

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)

PhD Instructional Systems Technology

Position of Instructor(s)

Professor of Pediatrics

Academic Year(s) Active

2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22

Course Enrolment

Between 3 and 6

Primary Works on Reading List

Predominantly poems.

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