The sixth issue of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine’s literary journal Narrateur: Reflections on Caring was released on Thursday, May 31, 2017, at an event hosted by the School of Medicine that featured artwork, music, and select readings by faculty and students, including contributions from employees of Northwell Health and Hofstra University.
Published by the School of Medicine and Northwell Health, Narrateur is an annual compilation of artistic works including fiction, poetry, photographs, paintings, sculpture, sketches and other expressions all by medical students, doctors, nurses, educators and health practitioners of all levels. The latest issue offers nearly 70 works of art and literature.
The celebratory gathering featured special guest speaker, Deepthiman Gowda, director of clinical practice for the program in Narrative Medicine and director of the Foundation’s of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as opening remarks from the School of Medicine dean, Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP.
“The publication is not only a compilation of creativity to be enjoyed and shared, but it’s also an important vehicle for personal reflection, inspiration, and understanding of ourselves as humans and healers,” said Dr. Smith. “Supported by this deeper sense of self, as health professionals, we can serve our patients meaningfully, effectively, and with the greatest sense of personal pride.”
Narrateur is an integral part of the Humanities in Medicine program at Hofstra Northwell. The program is one of many unique drivers of the school’s curriculum, alongside the basic and clinical sciences, that offers experiences designed to help students-in-training as well as healthcare professionals to develop the broad perspective necessary to understand the true impact of illness on patients’ lives while providing an outlet for self-exploration and expression.
“By encouraging students and healthcare professionals to pursue their interests and passions in the arts,” explained Lisa Martin, JD, coordinator of the Humanities in Medicine program, “we assist these individuals in finding and maintaining the essential balance necessary to be their best selves, both professionally and personally.”
For more information about Narrateur and the Humanities in Medicine program at the School of Medicine, visit medicine.hofstra.edu.