About Narrative Based Medicine
Narrative-based medicine is premised on the understanding that, knowingly and unknowingly, practitioners and patients together construct narratives over the course of their encounters; that these stories – with their multiple characters, conflicts and desires, subtleties and miscommunications – affect the nature and meaning of health events in all our lives; and that getting better at working with stories of all kinds has a powerful impact on both patient care and physician fulfilment.
Our Programs & Workshops
Foundation in Narrative-Based Medicine (Certificate Program)
Jointly led by an expert in narrative-based medicine and an accomplished writer, both of whom have extensive experience working with health professionals, this intensive program is taught in two parts: the first focuses on the theory and practice of narrative-based medicine, with the second seeking to improve learners’ creative and reflective skills as writers and readers.
Advanced Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine
Build upon your foundation in Narrative-Based Medicine through the Advanced Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine. This new offering allows learners to continue exploring their interest in narrative-based medicine through workshops, short programs, special sessions and activities in a wide range of topics and arts based modalities.
Workshops, Short Programs, Special Sessions and Activities
Fall 2022 Offerings
Part of the advanced certificate these offerings may be taken on their own.
Team Narrative is a collective of educators across clinical and humanities disciplines at the University of Toronto who offer lectures and workshops on the role of working with stories in learning and health-related encounters. These sessions are designed to help improve reflective capacity, narrative competence, visual literacy and critical thinking, while emphasizing learner resilience and self-care.