After posting the last two entries about Jay Baruch and Rita Charon’s upcoming talks, a recent article in the New York Times offers thoughtful opinions about why narratives are important in the field of medicine. Take a look at Peter D. Kramer’s article and let me know what you think.
October is a great time to be on campus. Sure, there are midterms and falling temperatures–but there are also some amazing talks happening. Here’s one that promises to be incredible–and it’s free and open to the public.
Annual Human Values in Health Care Lecture
Wed, Oct 22, 3:30 – 5:00, in Goergen Hall 101, (Optics and Bioengineering) on the River Campus
Narrative Disaster Zones: Story Pearls and Pitfalls in the Emergency Department
Presenter: Jay Baruch, MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Jay Baruch, MD is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he serves as the director of the Program in Clinical Arts and Humanities, co-director of the medical humanities and bioethics scholarly concentration, and director of the ethics curriculum. Dr. Baruch’s short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous print and online medical and literary journals. His academic work centers on the importance of creative thinking and creative writing skills in clinical medicine.
This event is sponsored by the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies Human Values in Health Care Cluster.
For further information, contact Mary Fisher, 275-6435; firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you there!
Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., will present the 2014 Sischy Lecture, “The Care of the Sick is a Work of Art,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue.
Dr. Charon is a general internist and narratologist at Columbia University who originated the field of narrative medicine. Narrative medicine recognizes the value of patients’ spoken viewpoints and first-person accounts in clinical practice, research and education. Narrative medicine aims not only to validate the experience of the patient, but also to encourage creativity and self-reflection in the physician.
“Sick people need physicians who can understand their diseases, treat their medical problems, and accompany them through their illnesses,” Dr. Charon has said. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (Oxford University Press, 2006) and co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (Routledge, 2002) and Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (SUNY Press, 2008).
Dr. Charon is founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Her research focuses on the impact of narrative medicine practice, reflective clinical practice and health care team effectiveness.
The lecture is free and open to the public. To register now, visit http://event.urmc.edu/sischy . For additional registration information contact Angela Pullen at 585.273.5937.
The Ben Sischy, M.D., Lecture in Humane Medicine was established in 1991 as a tribute to the former chief of radiation oncology at Highland Hospital. Dr. Sischy’s career was based on his beliefs in the importance of quality patient care, innovative research and dedicated treatment. He pioneered many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.
Slate Magazine has published an eloquent, haunting excerpt from Atul Gawande’s new book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. “No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most” offers a short meditation on death, palliative care, and the delicate balance between shaping our own stories and accepting the realities of biology and physics. I highly recommend it.
Last week was our orientation for incoming post-bac students. If you’d like to check out the prezi we went through at our orientation, you can find it here.
August is the month for white coat ceremonies, the ritual celebration by which medical students are given the traditional coats that are the hallmarks of physicians. So we’d like to take a moment to salute our former post-bac students beginning their medical training. This year’s group are heading to Albany Medical College, SUNY Upstate, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Rochester. Congratulations to all of you. On behalf of the entire post-bac community, I want to say that we’re thrilled to see you moving forward!