Event Title

Caring For Our Patients, Our Students, Ourselves: The Power of Narrative

Presenters

Hedy Wald

Presenter Information

Hedy Wald

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director, Resident Resilience and Wellbeing, Residency Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Boston Children's Hospital - Harvard Medical School

Introduction by Amy Amoroso

Start Date

13-9-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

13-9-2018 2:30 PM

Event Type

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Description

The power of narrative…to humanize, to heal, to transform healthcare and health policy. Health benefits of narrative for patients are well documented and both patients’ and caregivers’ (family and professional) narratives can inform public health and research policy agendas. In a rapidly changing, increasingly technologic healthcare environment, however, how can we, within health professions education, maintain the centrality of narrative for competent and compassionate relationship-centered healthcare? Interactive (guided) reflective writing and reading literature can deepen understanding of the patient’s experience of illness, cultivate and preserve empathy, and foster reflective capacity, ideally strengthening the physician-patient relationship. Join Dr. Hedy Wald as she discusses the role of narrative for optimizing patient care and caring and the use of interactive reflective writing-enhanced reflection to support healthy professional identity formation and resilience/wellbeing in health professions education and practice. Dr. Wald brings educational and experiential lenses with her medical education scholarship as well as the illness narrative turn of her life and will share excerpts of her published essays and poetry.

Additional Presenter Information

Hedy Wald

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Director, Resident Resilience and Wellbeing, Residency Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Boston Children’s Hospital - Harvard Medical School

Hedy S. Wald, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine; Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director of Resident Resilience/Wellbeing-Residency Programs in Child Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities; Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wald has been recognized with Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Awards, served as a Fulbright Scholar (medical education) for Ben Gurion University of Health Sciences, Israel, and is a Gold Humanism Foundation Harvard-Macy Scholar. Dr. Wald has been a Visiting Professor at over 50 healthcare professions schools world-wide, presenting on reflective writing-enhanced reflection supporting healthy professional identity formation as well as promoting resilience and wellbeing in healthcare professions education and practice. Her work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Medical Independent (Ireland), and Jerusalem Post. A mother of 4 and grandmother of 4, she enjoys cycling and creative writing which she publishes in literary and medical journals. Follow her on Twitter: @hedy_wald

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Sep 13th, 1:30 PM Sep 13th, 2:30 PM

Caring For Our Patients, Our Students, Ourselves: The Power of Narrative

The power of narrative…to humanize, to heal, to transform healthcare and health policy. Health benefits of narrative for patients are well documented and both patients’ and caregivers’ (family and professional) narratives can inform public health and research policy agendas. In a rapidly changing, increasingly technologic healthcare environment, however, how can we, within health professions education, maintain the centrality of narrative for competent and compassionate relationship-centered healthcare? Interactive (guided) reflective writing and reading literature can deepen understanding of the patient’s experience of illness, cultivate and preserve empathy, and foster reflective capacity, ideally strengthening the physician-patient relationship. Join Dr. Hedy Wald as she discusses the role of narrative for optimizing patient care and caring and the use of interactive reflective writing-enhanced reflection to support healthy professional identity formation and resilience/wellbeing in health professions education and practice. Dr. Wald brings educational and experiential lenses with her medical education scholarship as well as the illness narrative turn of her life and will share excerpts of her published essays and poetry.