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2017 Narrative Medicine Symposium

Friday, April 7, 2017 // 9:00 am – 2:00 pm // Brigham and Women’s Hospital


The Center for Faculty Development & Diversity and Boston College Medical Humanities are pleased to collaborate on the 2017 Narrative Medicine Symposium. Faculty, trainees and staff from Harvard Medical School, its affiliated teaching hospitals, and the Boston College medical humanities community are warmly welcomed to attend. This program comprises one aspect of our innovative Narrative Medicine Initiative.

Join us for seminars and workshops designed to enhance wellness and cultivate narrative communication skills as a framework for care, helping you to engage more empathically and collaboratively with patients, colleagues and the broader medical community. This symposium will also emphasize the personal and professional significance of storytelling for researchers and hospital staff, as well as clinicians. For inquiries, please contact Christy Di Frances, PhD, MA.

Keynote Presenter

Annie Brewster, MD
Founder and Executive Director, Health Story Collaborative; Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Workshop Presenters

Gregory Abel, MD, MFA
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director of Older Adult Hematologic Malignancy Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Kathleen Aguero, MFA
Professor Emerita, Pine Manor College

Amy Boesky, PhD, MPhil
Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Director of Minor in Medical Humanities, Boston College

Karen Estrella, PhD
Associate Professor of Expressive Therapies, Lesley University

Lowry Pei, PhD
Professor of English, Simmons College of Arts and Sciences

Susan Roberts, MA
Assistant Professor of the Practice of English, Boston College

Amy Ship, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Internist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Read about Last Year’s Narrative Medicine Symposium

On April 1, 2016, the CFDD – in collaboration with the Brigham Education Institute (BEI) – hosted a Narrative Medicine Symposium pilot, which was attended by faculty, trainees and staff from Harvard Medical School and several HMS teaching hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Massachussetts General Hospital (MGH), Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), and the Cambridge Health Alliance.


The BWH Bulletin covered the symposium with an article: ‘CFDD Narrative Symposium Explores Parallels of Medicine, Writing.’


2016 Program

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2016 Agenda

Narrative Medicine Flyer