Past Event

Narrative Medicine Illness and Disability Workshop

June 23, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Narrative medicine is at the core of human experience. The giving and receiving of stories are a primary way in which human beings come to know and understand one another. Through story telling we develop individual and group identity, discover purpose and meaning, communicate and collaborate with colleagues. Through close reading and reflective writing, workshop attendees will exchange ideas, foster creative expression, reflect on learning within the academic and clinical space, find respite, and build a strong sense of team identity, connection, and empathy.

The goal of this workshop series is to provide postbac students, at the start of their professional journey, opportunities to share in the lived experience of the disabled and ill body. Participants are offered the opportunity to start building narrative competency skills for the disabled and ill body through engaging with a wide range of visual artwork and written texts that may not normally be present within everyday academic and clinical life. The workshop program is designed to help build understanding and experience for disability and illness stories outside the clinical setting equipping future physicians to be more effective practitioners down the line.

The workshop will meet for five successive weeks (June 23-July 21). It will be facilitated by Kate Marber, a second-year master's student in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program. Alternative dates will be offered. Final workshop schedule will be advised on sign-up and will be based on participant availability. We ask that participants commit to all five workshops sessions because consistent attendance enhances group dynamic and quality of experience.

The Zoom link to participate will be emailed to registrants prior to the start of the event. If you have not received the Zoom link at the event start time, please email [email protected].



Please note: this event has been canceled. 

Contact Information

GS Postbac Premed Office