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Narrative Medicine Workshops with Dr. Sneha Mantri

February 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

What makes a good physician? A person who properly diagnoses and then cures their patients? What if we told you that there’s a third vital characteristic of good physicians — physicians who listen to — and attempt to understand their patients’ stories. Similar observations have been made about clinical encounters between health care providers and patients. In medical environments, “Narrative Medicine” –clinical engagement with patients’ stories, and care for equity and responsiveness in the clinical narrative– developed as a remedy. Our Narrative Medicine workshops are back! Dr. Sneha Mantri, a neurologist trained in movement disorders and narrative medicine, will host monthly narrative medicine workshops in the Health Humanities Lab (310 Trent Hall, Rm 037A) every third Wednesday of the month. The workshop will start with an overview of the foundational principles of narrative medicine–attention, representation, and affiliation–before moving into the ways in which the field has blossomed in the last two decades. We’ll spend the majority of the time “in workshop,” analyzing selections from recently published novels, texts and media (podcasts, videos, art) for discussion, reflection, and community-building around health: health as wellness; health as illness or disability; health as care and remedy; health as your future, present, and past; and of course, health as narrative, and then writing in the shadow of that medium. The final portion of the workshop will be an exploration of narrative medicine opportunities here at Duke.
Dates: 1/15/2020, 2/19/2020, 3/18/2020, 4/15/2020
Time: 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Location: Health Humanities Lab (310 Trent Hall, Room 037A)
Food will be provided

Dr. Sneha Mantri’s Bio:

Dr. Sneha Mantri is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Duke University. She attended medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she also obtained a Master of Science in Narrative Medicine. She has been actively involved in developing narrative medicine and health humanities curricula for medical students and residents, with a focus on improving physician-patient communication and mitigating burnout. She also has a busy clinical practice in the care of people with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders, with a particular interest in how narrative medicine can restore quality of life for those with advanced neurological illnesses. In her free time, she is working on a historical novel about the eugenics movement and its implications for medical practice in the 21st century.


February 19
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Franklin Humanities Institute


Trent Hall Room 037A – Health Humanities Lab
310 Trent Dr.
Durham, NC 27710 United States
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(919) 681-7760