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Workshop with Elizabeth Lahti, MD & Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC

  • Pacific Room (T-229) - UW Health Sciences Library 1959 Northeast Pacific Street Seattle, WA, 98195 United States (map)

Introduction to Narrative Medicine

Presented by
Elizabeth Lahti, MD - Assistant Professor, Director of Narrative Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine & Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC - Associate Professor, OHSU School of Nursing


Location: T-229, Pacific Room, UW Health Sciences Library, Seattle

RSVP (in-person attendance only): Space is limited! Breakfast will be provided.

Narrative medicine prepares health care professionals to receive clinical stories through practice and theory. By reading stories in clinical settings and using insights from humanities and interpretive social science, practitioners of narrative medicine better understand how clinical stories work.  In this workshop you will gain skills in developing narrative competence: the ability to listen, absorb, and be moved to action by the stories of illness. Participants should plan to actively engage in close reading, prompt writing, and discussion during the workshop. There will be 2-3 recommended articles available ahead of the workshop.

Target audience
Health professionals interested in learning more about narrative medicine, and how to implement it into clinical practice.

Presenter Bios:
Elizabeth Lahti, MD
 received her undergraduate degree in English and Spanish literature from Lawrence University, and her medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Oregon Health Science University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, and the Director of Narrative Medicine in the YourMD curriculum in the OHSU School of Medicine. She teaches narrative medicine and reflective practice to interprofessional students, residents and faculty with a particular interest in identity formation and resilience through story. Dr. Lahti co-founded the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative which hosts an annual conference and monthly community of practice, where health professionals, patients, caregivers, and artists explore their experience of illness through story, with an eye on improving the healthcare experience for all. Her poetry and short prose has been published in Annals of Internal MedicineJournal of General Internal Medicine, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

Martha Driessnack, PhD, PPCNP-BC is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who received her undergraduate degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, master’s degree in Pediatric Nursing from Yale University, PhD from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and post-doctoral research fellowship in Clinical Genetics from the University of Iowa. She is currently the Director of the PhD Program in the School of Nursing at OHSU and just finished a 3-year term as a member of the IPE Steering Committee. Her research centers on the importance of our internal (genetic) & external (family) stories in building resilience and understanding the impact of disease and illness. She co-teaches an interprofessional narrative medicine elective with Dr. Lahti, adding her research expertise in narrative inquiry and analysis. Her latest article - ‘Who are you from? The importance of family stories” is based on a keynote address delivered in Pamplona SPAIN last summer.

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