Crossing Boundaries, Unfolding Stories: Medical Humanities, Narratives, and Composition

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Crossing Boundaries, Unfolding Stories: Medical Humanities, Narratives, and Composition

  1. 1. Medical Humanities, Narratives, and Composition By Jason Tham St. Cloud State University 2014 Annual Minnesota Writing & English (MnWE) Conference
  2. 2.   An emerging, interdisciplinary field:  Humanities  Arts  Social Sciences  Provide insights  Guide future medical education Medical Humanities
  3. 3.   Emerging concept to address the need of patients and caregivers…  To voice their experience  To be heard  To be valued  Challenges the uneasy and costly divisions in healthcare and professional communication, and seeks to bridge those divisions Narrative Medicine
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  5. 5.   Using both sides of our brains  Medicine practiced with narrative competence  Humane and effective medical practices  The power of storytelling Crossing Boundaries
  6. 6.  There isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love… … once you have heard their stories. “
  7. 7.   Intimate, interpersonal process of writing narratives  Traumatic experiences  Writing for expressions, revelations, reflections Unfolding Stories
  8. 8.   To write a narrative about experiences with joy and pain  Encounters essential to human being  Purpose: To recognize, absorb, interpret, and act upon the plight of others and one’s self. The Assignment
  9. 9.   Annual Survive & Thrive Conference  Students to participate in conference activities, present their work, and experience how it’s like to be a part of scholarly conversations Collaboration survivethrive.net
  10. 10.   P1: Explorations/Discussions in small groups  P2: Freewriting, outlining, messing around  P3: Generating narratives  P4: Peer reviews & feedback  P5: Presentations & responses  P6: Reflections Phases
  11. 11.  Students’ Feedback
  12. 12.  “I realized how much more you remember from experiences when it is written on paper.” “I got to relive one of my past memories, and I got to truly appreciate the experience I had. I realized what a major impact that experience had on my life.” “I learned that I’m not the only one with daily struggles…” “People can be emotionally healed through writing.” “It helped me move on with my pain.” “It made me look into my past and analyze my sad and happy experiences, accepting them for what they are and move on.” Students’ Feedback
  13. 13.   Stories connect – identification with others & self  Instructor got to know more about students  Cultural sensitivity Lessons Learned
  14. 14.   Multimodal composition  Rhetorical analysis of medical documents/communications  Public exercise: interviews, public writing, digital narratives Ideas
  15. 15. Medical Humanities, Narratives, and Composition By Jason Tham St. Cloud State University 2014 Annual Minnesota Writing & English (MnWE) Conference

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