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:
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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:

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 17 de ABRIL, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Nuestros textos fueron En un paréntesis por A Ángela P. Méndez. La propuesta de escritura fue “Escribe acerca de un paréntesis.”  Se alienta a las/los participantes a compartir lo que escribieron a continuación (“Deja una respuesta”), para mantener la conversación aquí, teniendo en cuenta que el blog, por supuesto, es un espacio público donde no … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 14th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Today’s narrative journey started with an excerpt from the NY Times “Opinion” essay “You Can Hear the Whistle Blow a Hundred Miles” by Margaret Renkl, posted below. “Tell me something about this person” opened up our discussion of the female narrator who seemed to be on a train … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Τρίτη, 13 Απριλίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Κείμενο: Μαλβίνα Κάραλη, «Ιντερμέδιο (και μισό πλάνο)», Έρωτας και άλλες πολεμικές τέχνες (1996) Θέμα: «Γράψτε για ένα πλάνο που θα θέλατε να απαθανατίσετε» Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας παρακάτω. … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT April 12th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text was an excerpt from “Meditations for a Savage Child” by Adrienne Rich from her collection Diving into the Wreck, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about no longer knowing.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants … Read More

Laboratori Di Medicina Narrativa: sabato 10 Aprile dalle 16 alle 17.30

Siamo stati molto lieti di avervi qui con noi! Abbiamo letto insieme la poesia “Dopo Marx, Aprile” di Giuseppe Conte (allegato al termine di questa pagina)   In seguito, abbiamo usato il prompt “Scrivi sulla rinascita delle cose”. Condivideremo ulteriori dettagli della sessione nei prossimi giorni; vi invitiamo a rivisitare questa pagina nei prossimi giorni! Invitiamo … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 9th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text was a page from the manga graphic novel Dementia 21 by Shintaro Kago, posted below. Our prompt for this session, again, was: “Write about the number one job.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EST April 5th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! In honor of just having passed our one-year anniversary of launching our virtual group sessions, we are revisiting a text that was unfortunately interrupted one year ago. That text is “The Mailman” by Nazim Hikmet, posted below. Our prompt for this session, again, was: “Write a … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT March 31st 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Perennials“ by Maggie Smith, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about something you praise.“ More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a Reply”), to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT March 29th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text for this session was an excerpt from Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore, posted below. For prompts, we had a choice between: “Write about being strung along the same wire of a song.” or “Write about being stuck deep in … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή, 28 Μαρτίου, 8:30 pm EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Κείμενο: Κική Δημουλά, «Εκτροπή», από τη συλλογή Ήχος απομακρύνσεων (2001) Θέμα: «Γράψτε για ένα ξεχωριστό δώρο που λάβατε ή προσφέρατε» Σύντομα θα μοιραστούμε περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με αυτήν τη συνεδρία, γι ‘αυτό επιστρέψτε ξανά. Σας προσκαλούμε να μοιραστείτε τα γραπτά σας μαζί μας παρακάτω. Καλούμε όλες και … Read More

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