MED 21000 (2cr) – Narrative Medicine for Mentors. Professor Samantha Barrick
This course reinforces the foundational skills of close reading & reflective writing that are established in the Narrative Medicine seminar while serving as the introduction to the Narrative Medicine Track of Distinction. Students, AKA future colleagues, will have the opportunity to frequently experiment while developing their choice areas of expertise including research & scholarship, creative process & product, and teaching & facilitating in a wide variety of media and genre.
Course Description & Goals
This course is designed for students interested in becoming Narrative Medicine student mentors. It draws upon and reinforces the foundational skills of close reading and reflective writing established in the Narrative Medicine FIQWS course. Additionally, it investigates more deeply the underlying philosophies that distinguish Narrative Medicine from other practices of medical humanities and focuses attention on the personal & professional development of each individual as they nurture their own identity as a practitioner of Narrative Medicine.
Class sessions will alternate between theory and practice. Our theoretical study will focus on the text The Principles and Practices of Narrative Medicine, but will also include the literary philosophies of Toni Morrison and Natalie Diaz. Our creative practice lab will be designed for the personal exploration and application of those theories. That practice will include the close reading of texts in various literary and art forms, the development of facilitation skills, production of creative works, and other curiosity building endeavors. Some of that work will be done independently.
While all students will gain the requisite skills and foundational knowledge to become a narrative medicine student mentor, these future colleagues will also have the opportunity to develop their choice areas of expertise including research & scholarship, creative process & product, and teaching & facilitating. Participants will be given the opportunity to select texts (including art, film, literature, poetry and video) and lead peers in close reading and reflective writing exercises.
Upon completion of the course, students will have achieved skill in the following areas:
- Describe the difference in philosophies, practices and goals of Narrative Medicine from other fields of medical humanities, therapy and creative writing.
- Comprehend the foundations of self-flection in the context of close reading and writing.
- Perform the empathetic act of witnessing others’ stories.
- Practice the act of paying singular attention.
- Demonstrate awareness of the ways that language reflects intimate and broad intersections of identity and power.
- Engender values of medical professionalism including empathy and social responsibility.
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