Radiotopia offers some great narrative listening across 19 podcasts – my favorite is Ear Hustle – and the Radiotopia Live East Coast Tour will arrive in Durham for a May 8 show at the Carolina Theatre.
For Inventory Meeting #2, we’ll meet Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Duke Medicine Pavilion room 2W93.
See you there.
This is one of the best essays I’ve read recently, and it’s a nice example of narrative medicine, by Professor Omid Safi, who is director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center: What I Did When I Thought I Had Two Hours to Live. It brought tears to my eyes. Hope you enjoy it, too.
What would you do if you knew you had a year to live? A month? A day? How would you spend your time? Who would you spend it with? What would you do?
The Duke Center for Palliative Care, in partnership with the Duke Chapel Bridge Series, and the Duke University School of Nursing will explore those questions with a program titled Dignity, Diversity and Visions of a Good Death on Friday, February 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Duke Chapel. A reception will follow. RSVP to Jennifer Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Karen Jooste, assistant professor of pediatrics, sent along a link to this moving essay in the NYTimes: A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife
An idea: what if the Colloquium were to set out a table one week and invite people to sit and write a letter of gratitude?
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.
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.
Attend the Inventory Meeting #2 on Friday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Duke Medicine Pavilion room 2W93.
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.
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:
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.