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Interrupted

Life has been interrupted. I’ve taken on these interruptions, like all of us, wearing different hats. The doctor, mother, wife, daughter, sister, teacher, and friend hats transform my reactions based on the role I inhabit. My responses to the interruptions have been as varied as the roles. I imagine yours have to. There is fear,…

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How We Began: Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s History

In 2014, April Brenneman googled “Portland Narrative Medicine” and found Elizabeth Lahti, the newly appointed director of narrative medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. April, the mother of a cancer survivor, told Elizabeth the story of how one day she pulled her son’s X-rays from the kitchen drawer and started painting over them, using…

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Storytelling Series the Interstitium Gives Health Care Professionals a Place to Vent—And Invites the Public to Listen

Ben Colburn knows a storytelling event geared toward the medical profession can easily get gory. With the Interstitium, Colburn, a third-year family medicine resident at Oregon Health & Science University, invites his peers—from surgeons on down to hospital custodians, and even some patients—to get onstage and share their experiences within the health care industry. But don’t expect to hear a lot about botched surgeries or the sudden expulsion of body fluids.

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Out of My Scope

Please join us for the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s fourth Seattle Storytelling event. We invite you to tell a medicine/health-related story on the theme “Out of my Scope.” Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, lyrical, etc. It can be expressed as a narrative, poem, song, or any genre of your liking. We are…

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Storytelling Workshop with Sam Blackman MD

Please join the Seattle Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative for an interactive Storytelling workshop facilitated by Master Storyteller Sam Blackman. Dr. Blackman has told stories for The Moth, The Interstitium and Ignite Seattle. This workshop will be held on 2 contiguous Sundays – January 26th and February 2nd, from 10am-1pm. The goal will be to craft…

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