Narrative Medicine Workshop

This presentation is a recap of the 2019 Narrative Medicine Workshop at the Irving Medical Center at Columbia University in New York City. Narrative medicine was developed in the 1990s. The field’s most prominent proponent is Rita Charon, MD, an internist at the Columbia University Irving Medical. Dr. Charon’s big idea is that by studying literature and other arts doctors can develop deeper psychological insights and sensitivities, allowing them to listen to their patients better.

Narrative medicine also encourages physicians to write and share their stories of clinical encounters with one another. Dr. Charon believes that clinicians can benefit their patients by opening up about their struggles, but they can also benefit by learning to listen to themselves better. Since the 90’s, narrative medicine has developed into a master’s program at Columbia University and evolved into an international movement.