From: The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

ARTiculation: Creativity in Medicine reflects the creative endeavors of members of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) community. This journal was initially inspired in 2020 by the VTCSOM Narrative Medicine elective course, which seeks to develop students’ attentive listening skills, empathy, reflectiveness, and narrative competence through extended patient interviews and creative response.

The course is co-directed by Drs. Cyndy and Brian Unwin. “The ultimate goal of the Narrative Medicine Course is to help students understand themselves better, but also to develop empathy and connect with patients on a deeper level,” said Cyndy Unwin, assistant professor of Health Systems and Interprofessional Science at VTCSOM.

“My hope is the student can find the patient in the disease,” added Brian Unwin, professor of internal medicine as well as family and community medicine. “If we can keep our humanity in very challenging work, all will be better for it, both the patient and the provider.”

The ARTiculation journal, which just published its third issue, has now grown into a creative opportunity for all VTCSOM students, residents, faculty, and staff to explore humanism in medicine. The online publication is housed on the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine website

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