Live Virtual Group Sessions

In attempt to foster social connections and offer space for engagement and reflection during these uncertain times, we are offering virtual versions of traditional narrative medicine group work, live via Zoom.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Register using the links below. You will receive confirmation at the time of your registration with the information and link to join. Please be sure to save this information for access at the time of the meeting. You will be able to register up to 15 minutes before the start of the session, after which registrations may not be approved for security reasons. Please join sessions promptly by the start time, as we will be locking each session after a 5-minute grace period to make the space as secure as possible. We are using a tool called Zoom for Healthcare, rolled out recently at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Zoom for Healthcare is a HIPAA, PIPEDA & PHIPA compliant video conferencing software with secure, real-time encrypted messaging.

Also, to be sure you are able to participate fully and with ease, it is helpful to ensure you have the latest version of Zoom installed, which you can access here: https://zoom.us/download

The next live virtual sessions are scheduled for the following times (with more to be added, so check back for updates). All are welcome to any of the language sessions. **Please note: The United States moved clocks one hour earlier to Daylight Savings Time on March 14th, so all times for English Sessions are in EDT. Please be sure to confirm your current time difference when joining the next sessions!**

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
κάντε κλικ εδώ για περισσότερες πληροφορίες


Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
Haga clic aquí para más información


Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
Cliccare qui per più informazione

Da febbraio in poi, i laboratori avranno luogo il primo sabato del mese:


Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
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As always, each session will be led by trained narrative medicine facilitators and will offer group connection and reflection through a text, image, or music for up to 100 participants. Groups will read and examine the work closely and discuss what we see, with the facilitators offering guidance and background. There will be opportunities for reflective writing and sharing what is written. We continue to hope these hour-long sessions might offer a moment of solace and space, along with an opportunity for reflection and connection with others. 

We also encourage you to check back here following sessions, as we will post a follow-up to each live session with the materials and prompts used, and you will have the opportunity to post your writing and respond to others there.

We would love to learn more about your experience of these sessions, so if you’re able, please take the time to fill out a follow-up survey of two quick questions!

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a personalized narrative medicine session for your organization or team, email us at narrativemedicine@cumc.columbia.edu.


Be sure to follow our social media pages for updates as well, and check back here frequently for updates!


See posts from previous sessions below:

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT May 12th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we gathered to observe the visual art piece “Swiss Made (Edition 2)” by Vaclac Pozarek, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about seeking balance.” Vaclac Pozarek is a Czech-born artist who has been living and working in Switzerland since the late 1960s. … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT May 10th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Breakage” by Mary Oliver, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about the tattered or the whole.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 8 Maggio dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi qui con noi! Abbiamo analizzato insieme il quadro Paris par la fenêtre di Marc Chagall (1913), seguito dalla poesia Non basta aprire la finestra di Fernando Pessoa (entrambi allegati al termine di questa pagina).  In seguito, abbiamo usato il prompt “Dalla mia finestra. . .”. Condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT May 7th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “In Search of an Umbrella in NYC” by Juan Felipe Herrera, posted below. Our prompt for this session was to begin your writing with the phrase “In search of…” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT May 3rd 2021

Eighteen people from Canada, CA, Lithuania, ME, NJ, NY, PA  (and via the poem: Nebraska) joined on Zoom to close read the poem “Shaking the Grass” by Janice N. Harrington, posted below. Participants were quick to notice the alliteration, metaphors, repetition, and visual imagery as well as the duality, the tension and tones of rest and regret, … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 30th 2021

Participants from NJ, NY, TX, KY, PA, ME, MI, and Turkey joined our session to discuss the poem “Chilly in our Gowns” by Maryfrances Wagner, posted below. Discussion of the text immediately went to the contrast between the first lines and the latter portion of the poem, which evoked not just an intimacy that is then mourned, … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 28th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert” by Natalie Diaz, posted below. Our prompt for this session was to begin your writing with the phrase “you will remind me…” More details on … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT April 26th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we viewed the painting “The Song of the Lark” by Jules Adolphe Breton, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: Write about a moment when you stopped to listen. More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή, 25 Απριλίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Κείμενο: απόσπασμα από το εικονογραφημένο μυθιστόρημα Το Πτώμα των Τάσου Ζαφειριάδη (ιστορία), Γιάννη Παλαβού (ιστορία) και Θανάση Πέτρου (σχέδιο) (2011) Θέμα: «Μόνο ένα τηλέφωνο—μακριά» Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT April 19th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was a revisitation of the poem “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Lisel Mueller, posted below. Our prompt for this session was two part. The first was to begin your writing with: “Doctor, if only you could see…” The second was to … Read More

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