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When: 2/4/2011
1:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell
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Narrative Medicine: Stories Are Good for Your Health

Guests: Sayantani DasGupta and Craig Irvine

Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH is a physician, writer and narrative medicine scholar. She is a faculty member at the Master's in Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University and the graduate program in health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches prose in the summer "Writing the Medical Experience" conference, and is an associate editor of the journal "Literature and Medicine." She is the co-author of "The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales,"the author of a memoir about her education at Johns Hopkins Medical School "Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor," and co-editor of an award winning collection of women's illness narratives "Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies." Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including JAMA, The Hastings Center Report, Pediatrics and The Lancet. She is interested in issues of story in medicine, illness and disability memoirs, race and gender in medical education, and representations of the female body and reproduction in film and literature. Craig Irvineholds a PhD in Philosophy. He is Assistant Professor in the Center for Family andCommunity Medicine and Director of Education of the Program in Narrative Medicineat Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more than ten years, he has been designing and teaching cultural competency, ethics, Narrative Medicine, and Humanities and Medicine curricula for residents, medical students, attending physicians, and other health professionals. Dr. Irvinehas more than 20 years of experience researching the history of philosophy, phenomenology, and narrative ethics, and more than 25 years of experience teaching ethics, humanities, the history of philosophy, logic, and narrative medicine at the graduate, undergraduate, and preparatory school levels. He has published articles in the areas of ethics, residency education, and literature and medicine and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on these and other topics.

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