Dr. Ray Barfield — one of our narrative medicine leaders here at Duke, and a colloquium member — was interviewed by Duke professor Kate Bowler for her new podcast, Everything Happens.

Inventory meeting #1

Our first meeting of the Duke Narrative Medicine Colloquium on Monday was the first of two introductions to who we are, what we are interested in, and what is already happening across campus.

At the meeting: physicians from the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, nurses from the patient safety office, and the director of the medical center library.

We talked about these ideas and current projects:

  • Listening to and recording patient stories, listening to their backgrounds, translating their medical histories into the language of medicine and back into what patient’s can understand, and getting patient perspectives on when things work and when they don’t.
  • Recording the oral histories of leaders and long-serving providers.
  • Providing guidance and support for those of us who want to write about our experiences and expertise.
  • Using narrative to help trainees avoid burnout.
  • How to pull narrative (back) into the practice of medicine.
  • Determining the appropriate and best practices for promoting narrative medicine in our clinical and educational work.

Add your ideas and activities

Please take a minute to fill out our past and current projects form. We’ll use this, and what we learn at the inventory meetings, to create a list of activities and potential proposals, events, and initiatives.

What’s next

Attend the Inventory Meeting #2 on Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Duke Medicine Pavilion room 2W93.

And join us for our storytelling show, Voices of Medicine, on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on the Sixth Floor of the Trent Semans Center for Health Education. Register here.

Let’s get this thing rolling!

It’s time to unveil the colloquium, gather the interested, and begin our conversations and collaborations.

1. See the info sheet and share with anyone you know has an interest in narrative medicine.

2. We have a mailing list.

3. We have a blog right here at https://sites.duke.edu/narrativemed (or http://dukenarrative.blog/)

4. Your schedule permitting, please join us either or both of our first inventory meetings, the first step in discovering the interests and activities of our narrative medicine community at Duke:

— Monday, February 12 at 10 am in Duke Medicine Pavilion room 2W93
— Friday, February 23 at 3 pm in Duke Medicine Pavilion room 2W93

5. If you can’t attend an inventory meeting, please take a minute to fill out our past and current projects form. We’ll use this, and what we learn at the inventory meetings, to create a list of activities and potential proposals, events, and initiatives.

6.  Plan to attend the Voices of Medicine show Feb. 28, and consider being one of our storytellers. Details are here.