Narrative Medicine fortifies clinical practice with the narrative competence to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret, and be moved by the stories of illness. Through narrative training, the Division of Narrative Medicine helps physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains, social workers, academics, and all those interested in the intersection between narrative and medicine improve the effectiveness of care by developing these skills with patients and colleagues. Our research and outreach missions are conceptualizing, evaluating, and spear-heading these ideas and practices nationally and internationally.
Meet our team of founders, directors, and the faculty that sustain the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia and around the world.
The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine
The Division of Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons announced the publication of The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine, a seminal book that articulates the ideas, methods, and practices of narrative medicine. The book, which was published on November 4, 2016, by Oxford University Press, provides the authoritative starting place for any clinicians or scholars committed to learning about and eventually teaching or practicing Narrative Medicine.
Both faculty and graduates of the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine program have published a wide range of works and many of them are listed here.