FRAHME Grant Recipients Discuss Their Project with AAMC

In January of 2021, Lynn Hernández, Phd, Erica Friedman, MD, and Samantha Barrick, MS became one of eight recipients of The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education (FRAHME) Grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Their proposal entitled The Role of Narrative Medicine in the Development of Equity-Focused and Culturally Humble Professionalism received $25,000 for a period of 18 months. The objective of the project is to examine whether a Narrative Medicine curriculum at CUNY Med has the potential to create safe spaces for students by creating multiple opportunities for students to engage in both self and group reflections through guided activities. In the latest issue of the AAMC newsletter, our FRAHME grantees discussed their project in a feature article. 

AAMC: What does this work mean to your team?

The standards of professionalism we hold ourselves to as learners, instructors, administrators, staff, and researchers centralize humanistic qualities of character and behaviors that elevate equity, structural competence, and cultural humility. The ability to foster these attributes in our learners through our Narrative Medicine curriculum brings us closer to fulfilling our school’s mission of providing quality health services to communities historically underserved by primary care practitioners.

AAMC: What kind of art of literature are your students connecting with? 

Over and Over Again” was created by Blacksneakers, a 21-year-old artist based in North Carolina, during the early months of the pandemic. The art piece was used to 1) invest in our learners’ imagination as a tool for self-care, survival, liberation, and joy; 2) engage in non-judgmental self-reflection and enhance self-awareness, and 3) utilize culturally appropriate forms of art and creative processes to encourage individual and collective self-care. It is important to note that this session was co-created by instructors and learners, thereby furthering our goal of nurturing a community of culturally humble life-long learners.

Through this project, learners engage in individual and group reflections through guided activities making use of patient narratives, literary texts, films, artworks, and music. This offers them the opportunity to examine their values and align them with their actions and behaviors; reflect upon their own identity, attitudes, biases, and assumptions; and use active and mindful listening as a method to understand others’ beliefs and the ways they wish to be treated. Click here to learn more about the AAMC and the  FRAHME grant.

Congratulations to Lynn Hernández, Erica Friedman, and Samantha Barrick. 

Last Updated: 01/14/2022 10:58