NINE PT STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO COLUMBIA COMMONS NARRATIVE MEDICINE PROGRAM

Posted by vanessa on February 8, 2017

The Columbia Commons seminar brings together faculty and students from all eight CUMC professional health schools to learn how to support effective health care teams at the medical center. This is the fifth year of this campus-wide seminar, previously called the Columbia/Macy Seminar, which originated with a grant from the Macy Foundation and is now supported by the Columbia Commons: Collaboration Across Professions team headed by Rita Charon, MD, PhD. Knowing how critical well-functioning teams are in the care of the sick and the improvement of the health of the public, the program aims to develop the wherewithal to work seamlessly, effectively, and respectfully together. The seminar addresses urgent questions about health, illness, and care while absorbing each of our many perspectives on these topics, and at the completion of the class participants receive designation as a Columbia Commons Scholar.

The ten-week long seminars focus on topics with an emphasis on orienting students to the philosophy and methods of Narrative Medicine. This year's topics are Relationships of Care and the Spaces of Care, Aging and the End-of-Life, Health Care Justice and Care of the Underserved, and Spirituality and Healthcare.

Through small group work, the students will develop narrative skills of close reading, attentive listening, and creative writing. In doing so, a clearing is created in which all students are able to develop trust in and respect for one another.

We congratulate the nine DPT students who are accepted into the 2017 program:

Tasha Connolly, Class of 2019
Emily Greeke, Class of 2018
Claire Hamnett, Class of 2019
Petek K. Saka, Class of 2019
Aashika Suseendran, Class of 2018
Barbara Trencher, Class of 2019
Hung Trinh, Class of 2018
Sarah Urke, Class of 2019
Meghan Zwahlen, Class of 2019

For more information on Columbia Commons, visit the program's website: http://narrativemedicine.org/commons2017.html

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