Date: November 15, WednesdayTime: 6-7:30pmPrice: FreeOpen to the Public, Recommended RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Narrative medicine is the practice of medicine informed by the ability to “recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved to action by the stories of illness.” (Rita Charon) Many believe that clinicians who have “narrative competence,” can use patients’ stories to make diagnoses, to select therapies that are likely to be both effective and preference-aligned and to develop healing relationships with patients. Narrative medicine requires its practitioners to become skillful at paying attention, representing and retelling the stories that are heard, and, in these processes, affiliating in empathic ways with the tellers.
Teaching doctors to read, closely, and to write, reflectively, is one way to build narrative competence. Kathy Kirkland will talk about her work in narrative medicine and facilitate an exercise for the group that she uses in the narrative medicine teaching that is part of the training of palliative care doctors. We will discuss the experience of reading and writing together, and explore ways in which narrative practice might improve healthcare, and life in general.
About Dr. Kathryn Kirkland
Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, is a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and leads the section of palliative medicine. She holds the Dorothy and John J. Byrne, Jr, Distinguished Chair in Palliative Medicine. In addition to her leadership role, she is actively engaged in clinical work with patients who are living with serious illness, and in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.
Dr. Kirkland’s primary scholarly interest is in the field of narrative medicine, which focuses on building capacity of clinicians to receive the stories of others, and to use them to ensure that patients receive individualized healthcare that is aligned with their values.