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to establish a Masters' program in Narrative Medicine at Temple
similar to the one that Columbia has in place.
When reading stories on the narrative medicine website, one of
the more profound stories I came across was by Michael Rockman, a second-year MD/PhD student at the Lewis Katz School
of Medicine at Temple University. He had been in his first few
months of medical school when he had been in a life-threatening car
accident which required ICU care. In his article, he discusses how
his own struggles as a patient will make him more compassionate
in the future when dealing with patients. "It was a tough time
for me when I returned back to medical school, but the process
was made a lot easier when I made it into a story," Rockman said
to me in a phone interview. He suggested that the writing he did
alleviated some of his physical and mental anguish. Rockman
is now finishing up his second year of medical school before he
starts his three years of PhD research. He still attends the narrative
Narrative medicine is still a novel idea, but it seems to have
a moving effect on those who participate by sharing their stories.
I am very intrigued to see where the field goes in the future and
hope that it diminishes physician burnout and increases compassion
of those in the medical field. *
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