In case you haven’t run across this journal before, I encourage you to check out The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. It was created by some of the students in the Narrative Medicine Master’s Program at Columbia University. They state, “…we seek an ongoing mode of self-expression as a group, to continue outside the classroom that which was created within. With that in mind we call ourselves and our efforts The Intima, resonating on the concept that Narrative Medicine defines itself as the intimate interface between two people, one as healer, one as being healed, yet both yielding and both gaining from the experience. (…) The Intima is an electronic journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field aiming to enhance health care through the development of effective communication and understanding between caregivers and their patients. By providing an online venue for the expression of personal experience within the medical arena, The Intima creates space for caregivers, professionals, patients, and families to share their narratives in a format that fosters empathy, reflection, and deeper understanding of the diversity inherent in effective delivery of care.”
In their Spring 2014 edition under Fiction, I have an essay “Steps to Footcare” about my work as a faculty preceptor with the University of Washington’s Teeth and Toes Clinics, where we provide basic foot and dental care to Seattle’s homeless population. This particular essay takes as its form the actual list of instructions we give students to follow when providing care. I fictionalized it by creating a composite female character based on several ‘real’ patients.