A Narrative Medicine Approach for Exploring Clinical Research

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The Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, Columbia University's CTSA Hub, has partnered with Rita Charon on a new narrative medicine series, interviewing today’s leading life scientists.

"The effective practice of medicine requires narrative competence, that is, the ability to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence, called narrative medicine, is proposed as a model for humane and effective medical practice." - Rita Charon, Columbia general internist and literary scholar who founded the discipline of narrative medicine. She is now the Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and inaugural chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics.

The first article in this series has been released - Narratives of Discovery:

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of biomedical engineering and director of research for stem cell and tissue engineering at Columbia University, sat down for a discussion to explore the artistry of her profession and research. "The world is so beautifully connected, everything is connected to everything. You just need to find a way to say it."

How do scientists think? Where do their discoveries come from? Many scientists and aesthetic theorists realize that the creativity of science parallels the creativity of the artist—all of them seeing before they know, reaching for that which can only be imagined, and perhaps only by themselves...

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