Rita Charon Discusses Her Interdisciplinary Nature

Times Higher Education recently featured Narrative Medicine Executive Director Rita Charon, M.D. in an article about scholars who challenge conventions by crossing disciplines.

Charon, whose background and current work is deeply interdisciplinary in the fields of medicine and literature, began her career as an internist, earning her M.D. at Harvard in 1978. In 1999, she earned a Ph.D. in English at Columbia, specializing in the works of Henry James, and began contributing to literary journals.

The combination of disciplines led Charon to originate the field of Narrative Medicine. Currently, she is working on “a project to help clinicians recognize and work on their prejudicial bias. I think we can do that through narrative and storytelling,” Charon said.

Read the article at Times Higher Education and learn more about the Narrative Medicine master’s program.