Strengthening the Patient-Practitioner Relationship with Narrative-Based Medicine

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Knowingly, and unknowingly, many stories are told in medicine–a patient tells a story about their symptom or concern and their practitioner responds with a remedy and treatment plan, creating a narrative. Understanding how to listen, give feedback, and ultimately gain insight from reflection, more effectively addresses patients’ needs and concerns, and thereby practitioner fulfillment.

Offered by CPD, the Narrative-Based Medicine program starting this January, is the only certificate of its kind in Canada. This unique program focuses on developing narrative-based medicine skills: closing reading, reflective writing, listening and communication skills.

Over a 6-month period through 8 sessions, participants will learn to:

  • Develop reflective and creative writing skills through tailored practical exercises
  • Gain one-on-one editing, guidance, and mentorship from a prize-winning author
  • Cover the theory and practice of narrative-based medicine through expert guest speakers and readings
  • Engage in a small group seminar format which encourages interaction, collaboration and teamwork

There are two cohorts offered for this program and demand has already filled the Thursday cohort starting on January 21st. Limited spots remain open for the Tuesday cohort starting on January 19th. Sessions for this cohort will be held the third Tuesday of every month from 6-8:30 p.m. ET until June 15, 2021.

This digital certificate program is open to domestic and international learners across all disciplines.

Learn more and register on the program website.