Live Virtual Group Sessions in English, Italian, Greek, Spanish, & Polish

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, which 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 moves clocks one hour forward to start Daylight Savings Time on March 13th, so all times for English Sessions after that date are in EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). Please be sure to confirm your current time difference when joining the next sessions! Check this time zone converter to confirm any time differences**

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:

**We will be offering a more limited number of  virtual group sessions for the month of August, to give our facilitators and community time to enjoy the last weeks of summer and prepare for fall academic terms. Please be sure to note our schedule below when planning attendance.**


Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
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  • **Θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε ότι οι ζωντανές διαδικτυακές συνεδρίες Αφηγηματικής Ιατρικής στα Ελληνικά θα σταματήσουν για το διάστημα των θερινών διακοπών. Θα λάβετε έγκαιρη ενημέρωση για την επόμενη προγραμματισμένη συνεδρία μας τον Σεπτέμβρη.**

Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
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Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
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Polish Language Sessions/Wirtualne Sesje Narracyjne w języku polskim
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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: 6PM EDT August 8th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at the painting A Tower Of Blue Horses by Franz Marc, and read the poem Franz Marc’s Blue Horses by Mary Oliver, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about something beautiful.” More details will be posted on … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT August 5th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at a scene/song Across the Universe – I Want You She’s So Heavy by Joe Anderson, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about a heavy burden.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 29th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem How to Be a Poet by Wendell Berry, posted below.  Our prompt was: “What comes from the silence…” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT July 25th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Twenty-five participants gathered from various locations to read and discuss “The First Fish” from Ada Limón’s 2022 collection The Hurting Kind. We discussed how the word “[f]irst” (appearing in the title) indicates an important event. The poem’s speaker, calling herself “a barbarous girl”, recounts catching a fish … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 22nd 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem Stars by Marjorie Pickthall, and took a close look at a James Webb image Cosmic Cliffs, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about looking up.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 20th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we look a close look at the art piece When Fire is Applied to a Stone, It Cracks by Jeffrey Gibson, posted below.  Our prompt was: “ When fire is applied…” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 15th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem The Dog Star by Tom Billsborough, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about a ceremony of renewal.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT July 11th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Thirty-two participants engaged with The Artist by William Carlos Williams, posted below. We noticed first the form of the poem, which evokes Mr. T’s sudden movement—an entrechat—a performance on the page. In the discussion that followed we wondered not only “[w]hat goes on here?” (a line … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 8th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we look a close look at the painting The Janitor Who Paints by Palmer Hayden, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about two sides of yourself. ” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT June 29th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem A Poem for Pulse by Jameson Fitzpatrick, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Where will we go?” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave … Read More

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