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.
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.
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.
The Department of Medicine will present another staging of Voices of Medicine, a live show featuring true stories from our faculty, trainees, and staff, on February 28, 2018.
The theme of this show is humility.
Duke faculty, trainees, and staff are invited to make a story pitch to be one of five storytellers for the show. Learn more here.
In this article, Duke Today reminds us that Duke employees get a 10 percent discount on Center for Documentary Studies continuing education courses. Many of these courses can be applied to your narrative medicine projects.
Registration is now open for the spring and summer course offerings, which include sessions on drone photography, smart-phone filmmaking and how to visually tell a story that unfolds over many years.
Please join the Duke Narrative Medicine Colloquium mailing list to receive updates and meeting announcements.
Start here: https://lists.duke.edu/sympa/info/narrativemed
Click the Subscribe link under the List Options menu on the left side of the page.
Ray Barfield, MD, professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy, was on WUNC’s State of Things today talking about how he navigates religion and medicine in his career.
Also on the show was Jeff Polish, executive director of The Monti, who is curating a storytelling show featuring stories about the intersection of medicine and religion this Friday at the Carolina Theatre.
Listen to the show.
We’re setting up shop here to be able to tell you more about the Duke Narrative Medicine Colloquium.
For now, read the About page.