Two Unique Narrative Medicine Offerings in 2018

1) New Humanities Writing Course – Save the Date!

“Fostering Narrative Competence: Reflective and Creative Writing for Clinicians and Educators.”

Fostering Narrative Competence will focus on developing the skills of close reading and reflective and creative writing through discussion of published work, sharing student writing in a guided, workshop setting, and a selection of writing and creativity exercises. The course is open to writers at all levels interested in working in a variety of genres (fiction, memoir, poetry , drama, non-fiction, etc.).

Fostering Narrative Competence is intended to nurture and aid health care practitioners who wish to devote time and attention to their reading and writing but lack the support of an engaged creative community to support their efforts.

For detailed information including schedule. Registration information to follow. Space is limited to 15 participants.

The course will consist of 8 sessions between Jan 10, 2018-May 2, 2018 and will be led by Damian Tarnopolsky, the author of Goya’s Dog, a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the First Novel Award, and the short fiction collection Lanzmann and Other Stories, which was nominated for the ReLit Award.

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2) Narrative Healthcare Atelier-CPD Certificate Program

Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Institute

DATES: June 1-4, 2018
Visiting Keynote Speaker: Ronald M. Epstein, MD

Course Directors: Allan Peterkin, MD & Michael Roberts, MD

Canada’s Only Advanced Training Seminar in Narrative-based Healthcare for Health Practitioners and Educators across Clinical Disciplines

Explore and reflect critically on your clinical practices, challenges, personal and professional growth as health providers using narrative, storytelling and arts-based learning. This 4 day workshop is designed to help you improve outcomes and to humanize your experiences within complex healthcare contexts. Themes related to relationship-centered care, professionalism, team collaboration and the hidden curriculum will be explored through visual, cinematic and literary texts including fiction, drama and poetry.

This intensive, interactive atelier will apply narrative theory and reflective practice in the contexts of interprofessional patient-centred healthcare, research and education. It aims to: enliven your engagement and collaboration as clinicians and educators from all disciplines; support best practices as teachers, clinicians and lifelong learners; transform the paradigm of your daily professional practice with a renewed commitment to the core values of humanistic healthcare.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
* Analyze and critique the principles and practices of narrative-based healthcare and research.
* Utilize and deepen interpretive and evaluative skills of close reading and reflective writing with a view to enhance diagnosis and treatment
* Employ narrative practices to champion creatively patient-centred care and reflective practice in their interprofessional clinical and/or teaching settings.

Narrative Atelier Certificate Program
For those who wish to apply to the Certificate Program beyond the 4-day atelier, additional participation will be required, with individualized, supervised learning activites, reflective writing and assignments focused on health humanities program development. Evaluation of competency will include both written and verbal feedback.
1. Participants must complete a scholarly article and narrative reflections. Individualized written assessment and longitudinal feedback will be provided by workshop faculty.
2. In consultation with workshop faculty, participants will also develop a two-year outline/action plan on how they will incorporate narrative practice into teaching and/or patient care, with an evaluation framework, for the milieux in which they work.

Fees & Registration
In response to very helpful feedback and in order to make the Narrative Atelier more accessible to learners from multiple disciplines, we have created the following fee structure for the workshop:
Non-Physician Clinicians/Educators: $1000
Physicians: $1500
Certificate Fee: $500 (additional fee; by application only)

RONALD EPSTEIN, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, board-certified in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and author of Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Epstein is internationally known for his research on communication in healthcare, his writings about mindful practice and assessment in medical education. He is Director of the Center for Communication and Disparities Research, which focuses on how to improve quality of care and communication between clinicians, patients and their loved ones. He also co-directs the Deans Teaching Fellowship program to promote excellence in medical education, and co-directs Mindful Practice Programs to provide educational workshops for health care professionals. He has over 250 publications.

ALLAN PETERKIN, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Health, Arts and Humanities Program ( and curates Team Narrative, a group of colleagues who work in many health and training settings, from undergraduate medical schools to post-graduate residency programs to ICU staff. He is the author of 14 books for adults and children including, “Staying Human During Residency Training” (6th ed., 2016) and is a founding editor of the literary journal Ars Medica ( He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College

MICHAEL ROBERTS, MD, FCFP, is an Assistant Professor, Health and Humanities Lead and Professional Development Coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. An Innovator and Medical Education Scholar in the use of reading and writing to encourage reflection and resilience, Dr. Roberts has facilitated Narrative Medicine training through Faculty Development locally and nationally within the field of Family Medicine. Dr. Roberts is co-author with Dr. Peterkin, “Narrative Means to Professional Ends: New Strategies for Teaching CanMeds in Canadian Medical Schools” (CFP 2012).

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