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Date: Apr 18, 2012

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine's Students & Faculty Launch Inaugural Publication of the School's Literary Journal

Narrateur: Reflections on Caring" gives voice to challenges and celebrations of patient careBenefit from Simulation Training at Center for Learning and Innovation

On April 24, the inaugural students at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ’s School of Medicine will gather to celebrate the publication of the school’s new literary journal, Narrateur: Reflections on Caring.  The creation of the medical journal stands as a symbol of the School of Medicine’s commitment to self expression, reflection, compassion and respect for the patient-physician relationship. 

“The hope is that Narrateur will inspire and nurture the voices of  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,” said Dean Lawrence Smith. “Narrateur will give voice to the challenges and the celebrations of patient care and also serve as a method of self-reflection.”

Narrateur will publish works -- fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography or illustration -- by students, faculty and employees of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Hofstra University.

Narrative reflection is a part of the curriculum at the School of Medicine alongside the basic and clinical sciences. It serves the explicit goal of achieving insight, personal growth and, ultimately, more humanistic and compassionate medical practice.

“Narrative Medicine” is an emerging field at the crossroads of Medicine, the Arts and the Sciences aimed at creating “narrative competence,” which is the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret and act on the stories and plights of others. The use of narrative reflection is very much in keeping with the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine mission to train physicians who value Professionalism, Humanism, Scholarship and Patient-Centered Care.

Narrateur will be published twice a year by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Jamie Talan, an award-winning science writer and assistant professor of science education at the School of Medicine, is editor-in-chief of the literary journal. The April 24 launch of the journal will be at the School of Medicine from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Medical Education Theater, during which time students and faculty will read from selected works. 


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