Narrative Medicine News
Last month, several hundred delegates gathered at Kings College, London, for the first international Narrative Future for Health Care Conference, co-organized by Rita Charon, founder of Columbia's Narrative Medicine program.
Feeling truly listened to is a fundamental human need, says Sayantani DasGupta, faculty member in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine, who delivered a talk at this year’s TEDxSLC on a philosophy of listening she calls Narrative Humility.
Dr. Rita Charon, director of the Narrative Medicine program, was profiled in Oprah Magazine. The article not only focused on her career, but on the program itself and how it is transforming the practice of medicine.
U.S. News Health interviewed professor Rita Charon about how narrative medicine helps today's doctors better understand and connect with their patients, and ultimately improves care.
Medical practitioners learn how stories are built and told, and translate that to listening to, and better understanding, patients.
The M.S. in Narrative Medicine program was featured in a Time Out New York article on innovative career paths.
The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, is proposed as a model for humane and effective healthcare.
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