Conference: Narrative Medicine Workshop (Venice)

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Program in Narrative Medicine, Venice, Italy

20th – 22nd September 2009

Canossiano Institute



  • Develop the narrative competence to nourish empathic doctor-patient relationships
  • Learn narrative communication strategies for patient-centred and life-framed practice
  • Build habits of reflective practice that enhance professionalism and nurture clinical communities
  • Acquire pedagogic skills to teach methods of narrative medicine
  • Replace isolation with affiliation, cultivate enduring collegial alliances, and reveal meaning in clinical practice

The workshop, reserved for 48 participants, will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary sessions will focus on reconceptualizing empathy, narrative ethics, bearing witness, and illness narratives. Small group seminars will offer firsthand experience in close reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. Participants will receive a packet of readings prior to the conference that will include seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators. The workshop will be led by an international faculty from:

  • Columbia University’s Program in Narrative Medicine, New York, USA(Craig Irvine, Maura Spiegel)
  • University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (Allan Peterkin)
  • George Washington University Medical Center, Washington D.C., USA(Linda Raphael)
  • Technion, Haifa, Israel (Shmuel Reis)
  • University of Milan, Milan, Italy (Lucia Zannini)

Held at the Canossiano Institute of Venice this 3 days workshop will provide opportunities for individual consultations with faculty, shared meals, informal social gatherings, and access to the cultural offerings of the City of Venice.



We are applying for European Medical Credits (recognized by the United States Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and Italian Medical Credits.


Tuition (includes syllabus, simple lunches, one welcome dinner, and literary readings) is Euro 650,00 for all participants. You can register directly online using our online registration form: or you can previously contact us at should you need further information. Once your position is secured, you will receive confirmation and further details.


All plenary and small group sessions will take place in the Canossiano Institute’s conference rooms in Venice City.

ISTITUTO CANOSSIANO – Fondamenta de le Romite -Dorsoduro 1323 – 30123 Venice –



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