Healing, Personal Values and Narratives in Healthcare

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This meeting aims to promote interdisciplinary discussion on a theme of healing, personal values and narratives in healthcare. We are particularly fortunate to involve Professor Stephen Bergman (Professor of medical humanities at New York University, who writes under the name Samuel Shem). He is an acclaimed author of several novels, plays and textbooks. His work exposes the potential moral challenges of the medical workplace and the connection between values, good relationships and healing. The meeting will promote a discussion that includes local work involving patient narratives and the medical humanities in healthcare strategy and clinical education.

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Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Oxford University), Professor Bill Fulford (The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice), Samuel Shem, Janet Surrey, Louise Locock (Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford University), Dr Helen Salisbury (Oxford Medical School), Dr Emma McKenzie-Edwards (GP tutor, Hertford College Oxford)



1300-1340: Registration, and networking lunch
1340-1345: Welcome by Chair Dr Andrew Papanikitas (Oxford University)
1345-1400: An invitation to interdisciplinary discourse and an introduction to values-based practice: Professor Bill Fulford (The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice)
1400-1500: Healing relationships on the stage and in the healthcare workplace: Samuel Shem and Janet Surrey
1500-1530: Learning from others' narratives: accelerated experience-based co-design: Louise Locock (Health Experiences Research Group, Oxford University)
1530-1600: Informal discussion and coffee
1600-1640: Narratives and medical education at Oxford University: A discussion with Drs Helen Salisbury (Oxford Medical School) and Dr Emma McKenzie-Edwards (GP tutor, Hertford College Oxford)
1640-1740: What can we learn about humane healthcare practice from the novels of Samuel Shem? Samuel Shem
1740-1800: Informal discussion on a theme of interdisciplinary engagement between the humanities and the medical sciences

19:00: All delegates will be provided with a complimentary ticket for the public literary evening event and book-signing at Blackwells


Medical Humanities
Compassion in Healthcare

Contact name: Andrew Papanikitas
Contact email: andrew.papanikitas@phc.ox.ac.uk
Audience: Open to all