A newsletter from the Division of Medical Humanities
at NYU Langone Health
September 6, 2019

Narrative Approach to Goals of Care Discussions: A Novel Curriculum

Narrative medicine has been shown to foster empathy and communication skills, but how well can it work within the context of a goals of care discussion? In this recent study, David Shih Wu, MD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins developed and implemented a curriculum based on a narrative approach to goals of care—the 3-Act Model—and piloted it with a cohort of Internal Medicine interns.

The Power of Human Connection

Kate Otto Chebly, MD, an internal medicine resident at NYU Langone Health, writes about caring for a patient, both clinically and emotionally, and the responsibilities a physician has in the face of human suffering: "Some things in medicine, like a paracentesis, come with a very specific guidebook: necessary steps, required equipment, checklists to ensure everything goes exactly as planned. Other elements in medicine, like accompanying a family through the death of a loved one, fling us into a chaos with no predictable playbook."

Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation's Jeffrey Silver Humanism in Healthcare Research Roundup features summaries of recently published studies on humanism in healthcare. Their latest roundup highlights articles about what clinicians learn from each other, compassion fatigue among oncologists, and how conversations with hospitalized families influence medical student learning and reflection.

Visual Art Instruction in Medical Education: A Narrative Review

In this literature review, Dr. Neha Mukunda and colleagues examine the effectiveness of incorporating visual arts training into medical education, and offer recommendations for fostering more robust, evidence-based approaches for using visual arts instruction in the medical school curriculum.

Highlights from
Division of Medical Humanities Projects
at NYU Langone Health

BLR Featured Story: "Autobiography" by
Carla Hartenberger

"In the pages of a textbook of landmark surgical cases, my brother and I hold each other at birth, bond crafted in tissue, amphibious. Straining in opposite directions, we fight out blood from double aortic arches; four legs kicking, counter breaststrokes, submerged in each other’s chests..." So begins this prizewinning story, selected by judge Chang-rae Lee, about a set of conjoined twins who must wrestle with the physiology and psychology that both keep them together and wrench them apart.

New Annotation: Audrey Shafer on Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life by Mallory Smith

"Mallory Smith died of complications following a double-lung transplant for cystic fibrosis (CF). She was twenty-five years old and kept an extensive journal on her computer for 10 years... This memoir is recommended for anyone touched by chronic illness and particularly cystic fibrosis."

Calls for Submission & Other Opportunities




Exploring Ethical Dilemmas In: Being an Ethicist with Randy Cohen


The Art of FEAR: A Photographic Memoir


The Power of a Single Cell: The Deep History of Ourselves | Joseph Ledoux + Jeffrey Sachs


Remembering Oliver Sacks: Lawrence Weschler with Robert Krulwich

* Standby only*

So the Body May Think, Feel, Move


dotMD 2019

dotMD is a two-day festival of ideas for doctors and healthcare practitioners looking for something more from medicine. It aims to reawaken a sense of wonder and curiosity about medicine that some may have lost along the way—and help them find deeper meaning and satisfaction in their working lives.

Advocacy in Medicine 2019

At the New York Academy of Medicine

Banned Books Week Lecture: Censoring Medicine in the Age of Galileo


Measles and Memory: Perspectives from the Medical Humanities

How does a "vanquished" and preventable disease become an epidemic? How can insights from the medical humanities help us understand the stubborn persistence of measles as a childhood disease?
A panel presentation by NYU faculty, featuring Arthur Caplan (Professor of Bioethics), Perri Klass (Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics), David Oshinsky (Professor of History and Medicine), and Dara Regaignon (Associate Professor of English), at the NYU Center for the Humanities.

Narrative Medicine Rounds

“An Ethics of Care: Restorative Justice and Healing in Toni Morrison’s Late Fiction,” a talk by professor Farah Jasmine Griffin

Author's Night: OUT IN TIME - The Public Lives of Gay Men from Stonewall to the Queer Generation

With author Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
At the New York Academy of Medicine

Reimagine End of Life Festival

Reimagine End of Life is a week exploring big questions about life and death. (SF Bay Area)

The Examined Life Conference

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host its 13th annual three-day conference focusing on the links between medicine and the arts.

Bay Path Writers’ Day: The Healing Power of Narrative Medicine


2019 Gold Humanism Summit

The first Gold Humanism Summit is a special gathering of supporters of humanism in healthcare, including GHHS members, faculty members supporting humanism in their medical or nursing school, Mapping the Landscape (MTL) researchers, healthcare CEOs who wants to infuse compassion into their organization's culture—anyone passionate about humanistic care.

'Cripping' Graphic Medicine: Psychiatric Disability, 'Crip' Culture, and the Health Humanities

At Syracuse University

Hysteria or Misogyny? Women, Madness, and Mental Health

At USC's Doheny Memorial Library

Introduction to Preapproval Access to Investigational Medical Products

Free webinar sponsored by CUPA (The NYU School of Medicine Working Group on Compassionate Use and Preapproval Access), a project of the NYU School of Medicine Division of Medical Ethics. To reserve your spot for this free WebEx event, please email Kelly Folkers.
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