Graduate Certificate: Narrative Medicine

LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Narrative Medicine is designed to enhance medical and healthcare education by giving students the competence to identify, acknowledge, and interpret stories of sickness and of health through close observation of the human experience as they represent and serve our diverse society. Strong focus is placed on analysis of fiction and non-fiction writing. Reflective and creative writing assignments are designed to improve students’ ability to recognize, interpret, and tell patient stories. Students interested in film, visual arts, dance, and other creative mediums have opportunities to explore these outlets.

Using small-seminar courses and a capstone project, students explore the role of narrative in medicine and the vast expanse of human stories to improve their ability to care for patients and to deepen their satisfaction as a healthcare provider. The certificate is unique in its provision of a theoretical and academic foundation in narrative medicine bolstered immediately and rigorously by experiential work in the hospital setting.

The certificate program is open to students at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) who are working toward their M.D. degree. They may complete the Narrative Medicine certificate along with their LKSOM M.D. curriculum. Courses and assignments have been formulated to align with and complement medical school coursework.

The certificate program is also open to students who are not pursuing the M.D. They may take advantage of the vast knowledge and experience of our medical school and humanities faculties and teaching physicians at Temple University Hospital.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Applications are reviewed year-round for the graduate certificate program.

Students in the M.D. program apply to the Narrative Medicine certificate program before or during their first year of study in order to coordinate their schedule and complete the certificate by the time they finish the M.D. degree.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended are required.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

LKSOM M.D. Student Curriculum

Core Courses
NMED 8101Introduction to Narrative Medicine3
NMED 8102Literature and Medicine2
NMED 8103Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice I2
Electives
Select two from the following: 12
Reflections on Gross Anatomy
Medical Humanities
Arts Workshop
Fundamentals of Improv Theater
Yoga and Writing
An Exploration of Narrative Medicine
An Exploration of Meaning through Stories, Poems, and Plays
Humans of North Philly: Portraits from the Streets
Artful Thinking
Psychiatry: A Narrative Pursuit
Capstone Course
NMED 9182Narrative Medicine Capstone Project3
Total Credit Hours12

Curriculum for Students Not Enrolled in LKSOM's M.D. Program

NMED 8100Special Topic in Narrative Medicine (2 terms)2
NMED 8101Introduction to Narrative Medicine3
NMED 8102Literature and Medicine2
NMED 8104Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice II2
NMED 9182Narrative Medicine Capstone Project3
Total Credit Hours12

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum

Courses

NMED 8100. Special Topic in Narrative Medicine. 1 Credit Hour.

Students may select from the Narrative Medicine Elective courses offered as part of the LKSOM MD Program. Students should contact the Dean of Students Office at LKSOM to determine the specific courses offered each semester. Examples of LKSOM MD Program Narrative Medicine Elective courses currently offered are: MEDS M240 - An Exploration of Narrative Medicine, MEDS M243 - Humans of North Philly, MEDS M270 - Artful Thinking, MEDS M226 - Arts Workshop, MEDS M227 - Fundamentals of Improvisational Theater, MEDS M241 - An Exploration of Meaning Through Stories, Poems, and Plays, MEDS M234 - Yoga and Writing, MEDS M143 - Medical Humanities, PSYM M266 - Psychiatry: A Narrative Pursuit, and MEDS M130 - Reflections on Gross Anatomy.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

NMED 8101. Introduction to Narrative Medicine. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to Narrative Medicine is designed to introduce students to narrative medicine in close observation of the human experience especially as it relates to sickness and to health. In a small seminar format using lecture, careful analysis of literature, writing exercises, course discussion and shadowing in the hospital, students will explore the role of narrative in medicine and the vast expanse of human stories. The course will focus on the discipline of narrative medicine and the role of narrative in health care; narratives of illness and health; and narratives written by doctors. During this course, students will learn methods of observation and communication and hone their ability to hear stories and to tell them. The course will include one short and one longer shadowing experience most likely in the Emergency Department or Intensive Care Unit of Temple University Hospital to connect our students to the practice of medicine.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

NMED 8102. Literature and Medicine. 2 Credit Hours.

The goal of this course is to use literature and reflective writing to deepen students' understanding of human experience in healthcare, including the experiences of patients and those that influence their own professional identity development. Students will be divided into groups of 4-6 members who will collectively select three books from a suggested reading list. One or two will be about being or becoming a doctor or other health practitioner and one or two will be about the experience of being a patient. Students will also write two reflective essays. Discussion of the books and student essays will be done both in the classroom and online.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

NMED 8103. Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice I. 2 Credit Hours.

Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice I is designed for LKSOM MD Program enrolled students. Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice I will align with the clinical rotations of third year LKSOM MD students and offer an opportunity to metabolize the experiences of modern medicine. This course will meet in small groups for 12 sessions that are 2.5 hours. Meetings will take place at convenient times based on the clinical schedules of the students enrolled aiming for one course meeting during each clinical block. In this course we will use close reading of fiction and non-fiction literature alongside current clinical experiences to explore a range of topics relevant to the professional development of all doctors.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(NMED 8101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (NMED 8102|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)

NMED 8104. Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice II. 2 Credit Hours.

Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice II is designed for non LKSOM MD Program enrolled students. Narrative Medicine and Clinical Practice II will offer students an opportunity to metabolize the experiences of modern medicine as experienced by the patient and the caregiver. This course will meet in small groups for 12 sessions that are 2.5 hours each. Meetings will take place at convenient times based on the schedules of the students enrolled aiming for one course meeting every 2-4 weeks. In this course we will use close reading of fiction and non-fiction literature alongside current clinical experiences to explore a range of topics relevant to the professional development of all caregivers. Students enrolled or working in clinical fields (social work, nursing, dental, etc.) will use their current clinical experience. Those not currently in a patient-facing field will be given time to shadow in hospital and clinical settings as arranged by the course director to provide relevant experience for in-class discussion.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
(NMED 8101|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (NMED 8102|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently)

NMED 9182. Narrative Medicine Capstone Project. 3 Credit Hours.

Working in conjunction with an advisor from the core narrative medicine faculty, the student will craft and complete an independent project on a narrative medicine topic/area of particular interest. The student will collaborate with academic, medical, and community mentors as appropriate to conceive, develop, undertake and complete the project. This may involve, but is not limited to, creation of a capstone paper, a creative writing project, a research study, curriculum development, or photo essay. Its final form should be in a manner that can be shared - in publication, display, performance, grand rounds presentation or some other manner suitable to the project.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

Pre-requisites:
NMED 8103|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently
OR NMED 8104|Minimum Grade of C|May not be taken concurrently.

Contacts

Certificate Program Web Address:

https://medicine.temple.edu/education/narrative-medicine-program

Admissions Information:

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

3500 N. Broad Street, MERB 325

Philadelphia, PA 19140

215-707-7131

Department Contacts:

Admission and Program Coordinators:

Douglas Reifler, M.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Humanities

douglas.reifler@temple.edu

215-707-1800

Michael Vitez

Director of Narrative Medicine

michael.vitez@temple.edu

215-707-7131

Naomi Rosenberg, M.D.

Assistant Director of Narrative Medicine

naomi.rosenberg@tuhs.temple.edu

215-707-0800