Do stories have the power to heal?
As a journalist, Mike Vitez discovered that stories have the power to heal, to inspire, to build community, often in ways we can’t predict. He has always found joy immersing himself in a patient’s life, establishing trust, and crafting a narrative that honors the dignity of the individual, illuminates a larger issue, and celebrates our humanity.
The narrative medicine program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine is building a culture of stories and reflection. Many more health professionals are writing today, both to help their patients and to help themselves. Healers’ stories shine a light on important problems while nourishing the healers’ souls, making sense of and finding meaning in human experiences.
Dr. Reifler is also a great believer in the power of stories who is dedicated to expanding humanities in the curriculum. In their talk, Mr. Vitez and he will describe this adventure, showing how they are bringing the stories of patients and health professionals to light in the hospital and medical school. Narrative Medicine offers an antidote to impersonal medical care and to provider burnout; it is a healing influence on health care.
About the Speakers
Michael Vitez is a Pulitzer Prize-winning career journalist who left the Philadelphia Inquirer after 30 years to become Director of Narrative Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in 2016.
Douglas Reifler, MD, FCPP, is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in using stories, especially reflective writing, to promote clinical narrative skills and positive acculturation to the profession.
Light refreshments provided.
This event is presented by the Section on Medicine and the Arts at The Collge of Phsyicians of Philadelphia.
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