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Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine

This guide was developed by the Ginsburg Health Sciences Libraries to help the Temple University community and beyond access resources related to Narrative Medicine. The guide covers Narrative Medicine writing, visual arts and storytelling. The guide also covers the Medical Humanities.

Definition of Narrative Medicine

According to Columbia University Medical Center,

"Narrative Medicine is medicine practiced with the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, interpret, and honor the stories of illness. This competence lets doctors imagine and enter patients' worlds, represent complex events or situations so as to understand them, and reflect on their own experiences in caring for the sick."

Narrative Medicine at Temple

Temple's Narrative Medicine Program, founded in 2016, is offered as part of the school’s MD program curriculum, with additional workshops, events, and activities available to all Temple students, faculty, and staff. As of Fall 2021, a Graduate Certificate Program in Narrative Medicine is available as well.