December 24, 2020By Tony Errichetti

Narrative Medicine and the Practice of Radical Listening

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Presentation Details

January 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM, Pacific Coast Time Zone

Presented by: Tony Errichetti PhD, MA

Presentation Abstract

In this experiential webinar participants will go through a narrative medicine exercise followed by a discussion about its principles and practice.

Narrative medicine as a discipline started 20 years ago By Rita Charon, MD, PhD and colleages from Columbia University as an interdisciplinary healthcare team initiative to facilitate listening to patients in a qualitatively different way by attending to their unique “illness narratives.”

In narrative workshops we discuss a piece of art – short texts, graphic arts, and music – to develop “radical listening” skills. This is the act of mindful listening to how the art resonates with us. We listen to individual interpretations without interruption and with an open mind in order to fully absorb and process what each of us is saying.

Narrative medicine uses the arts as a surrogate for human contact and parallels how we learn through simulation, for it is in the arts and patient simulation that we grapple with the complicated nature of the human condition from a safe remove.

In this webinar participants will take part in a short narrative medicine exercise to practice radical listening by:
1. Learning the narrative medicine community guidelines of 1) creating a safe learning space, 2) coming to the workshops with humility and an open mind, and 3) listening mindfully to what is being said
2. Doing a “close reading” of a short text, and then discussing and listening to individual interpretations
3. Doing a reflective writing exercise, and
4. Being debriefed on the narrative medicine experience with an opportunity to ask questions about the process.

Duration (Hours): 1
Type of Offering: Webinar
Teaching Method: Lecture with Slide Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define the term “narrative medicine.”
  2. Participants will be able to define “radical listening”.
  3. Participants will be able to define “close reading”.

Suggested Learner Level: Intermediate

Presenter Biography

Tony Errichetti PhD, MA
Director, Doctor-Patient Communication Assessment
National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners

Tony Errichetti has worked with standardized / simulated patients since 1992. Presently he is Director of Doctor-Patient Communication Assessment at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He established patient simulation centers at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine where he started the first MS program in Medical and Healthcare Simulation in the U.S. He started the Simulationist Narrative Medicine Community with Virginia Drda of the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences where they hold conversations with simulation professionals about writing and art.

Additional Presenters: Virginia Drda, BA



Category: Education
Tags: active listening, communication, debrief, debriefing, learning theory, listen, listening, medical simulation, narrative, narrative medicine, new, radical listening, simulation