We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Narrative Medicine Conference in Portland, Oregon on October 20-22, 2017. Sponsoring for this event is provided by The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative and The OHSU School of Medicine. Register before September 15th to receive the early bird pricing.
What can you expect? Spend three days learning side-by-side with healthcare professionals, students, scholars, social workers, patients, caregivers and patient advocates. Build concrete skills to develop narrative competence – the ability to absorb, interpret and be moved to action by the story of illness.
Throughout the conference, participants will be exposed to new perspectives and challenged by compelling stories, often very different from one’s own. Foundational narrative workshops ground participants in the fundamentals of narrative medicine. Through self-selected topical workshops, participants will explore plays, poems and even clay pots as portals to understanding illness. By hearing from and working closely with content experts, and exploring unfamiliar topics and utilizing many different mediums of expression, participants will build their narrative competence and develop new skills they can incorporate into their own work.
Hear inspiring, dramatic stories of life-changing challenges from keynote speakers and instructors that will forever change how you understand the patient experience. Keynote speaker Bryce Olson, Intel’s Global Marketing Director for Health and Life Sciences, was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic prostate cancer at the age of 45. Having his tumors sequenced at OHSU was the first step toward a passion for precision medicine and his eventual cancer remission. Since then, he’s found his voice using his love for music to raise awareness for precision medicine with his F.A.C.T.S. (Fighting Advanced Cancer Through Song) movement.
Spend three days reveling in how narrative medicine can be a bridge between caregivers and those facing illness. Hear unforgettable stories from healthcare workers, patients, caregivers and artists. Watch a troupe with Parkinson’s Disease express themselves through dance. Spend Saturday night at Story Beat LIVE—an enjoyable evening of storytelling and spontaneous audience participation.
Check out the complete 2017 Conference Program and then register here. We’ll see you in Portland in October!