Narrateur: Reflections on Caring is a literary journal that began with the inaugural class of medical students at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. The creation of this medical journal at the launch of our new medical school in New York stands as a symbol of the school’s commitment to self expression, reflection, compassion and respect for the patient-physician relationship. The art of storytelling in medicine is interwoven into the medical school curriculum as part of the school’s mission to strengthen self-reflection on the road to becoming critical thinkers and decision makers in the practice of medicine.
Narrateur serves as a creative outlet for students, faculty and employees of the Northwell Health System, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and Hofstra University who wish to create original works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography or art. The literary journal inspires to nurture the voices of health practitioners (both students and staff) as they grapple with the care of their patients, the decisions they must make, their reactions to those decisions, and the outcomes.
Narrateur gives voice to the challenges and the celebrations of patient care. Narrateur serves to reflect the practice of medicine on the printed page and to provide a home for the health practitioner to express, experience, respect and show compassion for patient-centered care. Narrateur is published once a year in the Spring by the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.