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Mindful Medicine: Narrative Medicine Workshop

Illness most often presents itself in the form of a story. Each day clinicians are tasked to act upon the narratives of their patients. Exceptional patient care depends upon a provider’s ability to comprehend all that is contained within the stories they receive. Narrative Medicine methodology places narrative competence at the core of patient-centered medicine. Drawing from both medicine and the humanities, the interdisciplinary field of Narrative Medicine continues to enrich our understanding of communications in healthcare. Open to all members of Mount Sinai Health System community, this workshop will introduce MSHS providers and students to the practice of Narrative Medicine. Attendees will examine the personal, professional, and relational benefits of Narrative Medicine practice.

Here is some feedback from past narrative medicine workshops:

"This training is one of the most informative and insightful ones I have been to. Would highly recommend!"

"If I had one word for this workshop, it would be healing

“Because of this workshop I have a new appreciation for the importance of my patients’ stories”


About the Presenters:

Alex Macy, MS, Project Administrator, Graduate Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

As a proud team member of Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education Alex is dedicated to the enhancement of medical education through the integration of medical humanities programs in medical schools and hospitals. Currently Alex leads Narrative Medicine workshops and seminars across several departments and specialties across the health system. In her last role at The Early Alzheimer’s Foundation, Inc., she designed and facilitated weekly workshops for persons with early onset Dementia/Alzheimer’s to maximize concentration and stimulate neural networks associated with short- and long-term memory through art, literature, body movement and discussion. Prior to that she facilitated Narrative Medicine workshops for House Staff at NYC Lutheran Medical Center. After completing her BS in Microbiology at Oregon State she relocated to NYC to pursue a MS in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Before attending Columbia she spent time in Kerala, India piloting a new health sciences internship program focused on the palliative care certification process. Currently Alex is working to implement house staff trainings focused on how to communicate topics surrounding end of life to patients and family members at MSBI.


Faye Reiff-Pasarew, MD

Faye Reiff-Pasarew is an Academic Hospitalist at Mount Sinai and the director of the Humanism in Medicine Program within the Department of Hospital Medicine.  She received her BA from Brown University in 2005, her MD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School in 2011, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2014.  She produces "The Art of Medicine Podcast," which explores topics in the medical humanities and is available on iTunes.  She also developed and teaches the Narrative Medicine elective within the Icahn School of Medicine.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
4:00pm - 5:30pm
MSIT Lab - Annenberg 11-46
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Angelyn Thornton