October Symposium Convened 200 Participants from Across the Region to Examine the Role of Narrative in Medicine

Dr. Rafael Campo was a keynote speaker at Story, Health and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.

Dr. Rafael Campo was a keynote speaker at Story, Health and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.

Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on NarrativeĀ in Medicine took place on October 1, 2016 at the Benson University Center on the Wake Forest University Reynolda campus.

This interdisciplinary symposium, featuring interactive workshops as well as plenary sessions, presented a broad look at narrative medicine. Participants represented 22 universities, 12 healthcare/hospital networks, and five states.

Doctor Peter Lichstein (left) and medical student Natalie Elder (right) talk with actor Michael Kamtman in an improvised scene of a medical encounter.

Doctor Peter Lichstein (left) and medical student Natalie Elder (right) talk with actor Michael Kamtman in an improvised scene of a medical encounter.

Comments from participants described the symposium as “informative” and “inspiring,” and also commended the diversity of the programming offered. An overwhelming interest in future programming like this event was also expressed.

The day opened with a keynote lecture by Rafael Campo, American poet, doctor, and author from Harvard Medical School, and closed with a keynote lecture by Linda Friedlaender, pioneer of “The Observational Skills Workshop” and Senior Curator of Education at the Center for British Art at Yale University.

Ali Eakes looks at posters on display at Story, Health and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.

Ali Eakes looks at posters on display at Story, Health and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.

“Inside the Encounter: Stories in Medicine,” a plenary session featured an improvised simulation of a medical encounter, performed by a team of actors and including the participation of healthcare professionals.

Break-out sessions and workshops were held throughout the day. They were led by faculty, staff, and students at Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant Health, and UNC Chapel Hill.

Also featured was a poster gallery that remained open throughout the day: “Show & Tell: Journeys Through Medicine.”

Click here to read the story on the symposium in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Click here to read WFDD’s story on the symposium and narrative medicine.

Click here for the Facebook Photo Album from the day.