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Join us to find out ways in which literature and writing can support the personal and professional development of health care professionals. Learn about a range of innovative programs, best practices, new research and evaluation methods and how to implement a program in your own facility.

This conference is organized as part of Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health CareŽ, a national literature and discussion program for health care professionals that has been held in 19 states. The conference will include an introduction to this program.

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We promise you will leave both informed and inspired!

Award winning poet, Rafael Campo, M.D., M.F.A.; Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., innovative leader in the field of narrative medicine and Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, will make keynote presentations. In addition there will be over 20 other, smaller sessions to choose from including workshops, discussions, and informal presentations.

Who should come?

All Health care professionals including: chaplains and clergy, educators (health, humanities, medical), hospital and other health care facility administrators, staff and volunteer coordinators, medical and nursing students, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, therapists of all kinds, social workers, service providers.

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand how research and evaluation support literature and writing programs for health care professionals.
  • Learn strategies to successfully position literature and writing programs in hospitals and hospice, medical education, and social service organizations.
  • Explore model literature and writing programs in a wide range of traditional and non-traditional health care settings through presentations, workshops, posters and performers, drama, visual arts and the written word.
  • Develop knowledge and skill to support health care professionals through the use of literature and writing.
  • Network with colleagues from around the country.

Appropriate continuing education credits are available.

Registration: $125 (includes Fri./Sat. continental breakfasts, Fri. dinner, and Sat. lunch)

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If you have already registered for the conference and only need to select your workshop preferences, please review the final workshop lineup and select your workshops now!