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For over a decade Columbia Narrative Medicine has been improving the quality of care around the world.  Make sure your information is up-to-date so we always know the best way to reach you.


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Graphic Medicine Club

The Graphic Narratives/Graphic Medicine workshop grew out of an inspiring Comics and Medicine conference in Toronto in 2012. Pat Stanley and Marsha Hurst returned from this Conference determined to create a discussion community based in Narrative Medicine for anyone interested in reading and exploring graphic novels, and particularly graphic illness narratives. The group has met roughly once per month during the academic year since Fall 2012, usually at the Columbia Alumni Center, or at Butler Library. The workshop is now co-coordinated by graphic artist Kriota Willberg, Narrative Medicine alumni Mario de la Cruz, and Narrative Medicine faculty member Marsha Hurst. We are often joined by Karen Green, Graphic Novels Librarian and Curator for Comics and Cartoons at Columbia and director of Comics@Columbia. The workshop is open to anyone who is interested in graphic novels and would like to share this close reading experience with others. To put your name on the email list for meeting announcements, contact Kriota Willberg.

Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine

Created in 2010 by a group of graduate students in the Master of Science program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, Intima is a literary journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that enhances healthcare through the  effective communication and understanding between caregivers and patients. Our name Intima has a specific resonance in the field: Narrative Medicine defines itself as the intimate interface between two people, one as healer, one as being healed, who both yield and gain from the experience of the clinical encounter. Contact managing Editor and Class of 2014 alum Donna Bulseco for more information or click here for submission guidelines.

Narrative Medicine Educators

NM Educators aims to provide a safe space to talk about anything that relates to educating from "how to edit a hypertext" to "how to engage entrepreneurially with a new college".  Membership is free, but exclusive to Columbia Narrative Medicine alums.  Monthly meetings are coordinated by video conferencing. Althought most meetings are pretty casual, there is always a host and a scribe to take the minutes which are shared with everyone in the group.  When there isn't a featured speaker, discussion topics include: educational settings, integration of Narrative Medicine in higher education curricula, workshop development, pedagogy, promotion and sales, competition, text and prompt selection.  For more information contact Class of 2014 alum: Phillip Mitchell.

Social Justice in Narrative Medicine

This group was born out of a desire to create space for students and alumni to explore issues of Social Justice within the Narrative Medicine Program, in Narrative Medicine practice, and in healthcare. Monthly newsletters are produced and weekend video conferences are held to share ideas and stories about how to contribute to manifesting one of the goals of Narrative Medicine: to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of the "Other". For more information contact Class of 2017 alum Derek McCracken or Class of 2019 alum Carmen Price.


"The volvox is the first unicellular organism to have figured out, sometime about 200 million years ago in the Triassic period, that living in multicellular colonies was more powerful, more economical, more helpful toward survival, and maybe more fun than existing as separate isolated cells.  Narrative Medicine has adopted the volvox as an icon of teamwork, transdiciplinary scholarship, and the many working as one." - Rita Charon, Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine

It is in the spirit of the volvox, a monthly networking group was formed in NYC to present and discuss the varied pathways Narrative Medicine can be applied not only in clinical settings, but through education, publication, and everyday life. For more information contact Class of 2017 alum: Madeleine Disner.


Post-Graduate Fellows in Narrative Medicine

The Narrative Medicine Fellowship supports projects that fortify the field of narrative medicine. Candidates for the fellowship must be graduates of Columbia University Master's of Science in Narrative Medicine who are interested in promoting narrative understanding in patient care, professional education, and curriculum development, or in forging new pathways in research important to the growth of the field of narrative medicine. 

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Narrative Medicine ExCHANGE: Alumnx Weekend- June 25th-27th, 2021


This special weekend will provide a variety of innovation, creativity, and insight as to how we apply our skills and narrative medicine training in different fields. Most importantly, this kind of reunion is a welcome chance to share our knowledge, reconnect with one another, and fortify our creative identities as well as our professional ones. We will be making multiple opportunities available to meet with old classmates as well as to make introductions to new colleagues and potential collaborators. The ExCHANGE intends to deliver multi-modal, informative, interactive, and inclusive programming to build bridges between cohorts and rekindle some of the inspiration and curiosity we all remember experiencing during our time in the classroom, on campus, and in conversation with one another as students.

Over three days, June 25th-27th, we will come together virtually to reunite, meet, share updates and feedback on ideas, pilot strategies, and revisit our personal interests in creativity and art. There will be panel presentations, updates from the M.S. program on the Morningside campus and the Division at CUIMC, Zoom breakout networking rooms, a salon style reading session, a special founding faculty panel with a Q&A, and brainstorming opportunities to consider together new and different applications of narrative medicine, all to build on and enhance the amazing work we already see so many of you engaging in and developing.  

Please register when you get the chance and help spread the word to your fellow alumnx. We are creating a unique space and need your participation to make it as memorable and exciting as we know it can be. This is the first time we are gathering together in this way and we hope you will join us to be part of what is sure to be an historic occasion for everyone involved. 

Feel free to share the link below with fellow classmates to encourage their participation. Looking forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks, be well and continue to stay safe!