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.

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.

Follow the links to register for sessions in English:


Greek Language Sessions/Συνεδρίες Ελληνικής Γλώσσας:
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Polish Language Sessions/Sesje w języku polskim – All are welcome!
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  • Polish language sessions will resume in October, after summer break! / Polskie wirtualne grupy narracyjne wracają po przerwie wakacyjnej już w październiku!

Italian Language Sessions/Laboratori di Medicina Narrativa in Italiano
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Da settembre in poi, i laboratori avranno luogo il primo sabato del mese:


Spanish Language Sessions/Encuentros de Medicina Narrativa en español:
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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 September 30th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Together we close-read the visual art “Mill hand’s lunch bucket (Pittsburgh memories)” by Romare Bearden, posted below. Our prompt was: Tell the story of a moment in scraps and remnants. More details about this session will be posted soon, so check back! Participants are warmly … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Martes 29 de septiembre, 16:30 EST

¡Gracias por unirse a nuestra sesión hoy! Nuestro texto fue “Masa” de César Vallejo, publicado a continuación. Vamos a escribir: “Escribe acerca de un momento de comunión.” Se alienta a 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 … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT September 28th 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! Our text was the poem “Spoiler” by Hala Alyan, posted below. Our prompt was: “Write about what you might build knowing it will be ruined.” More details about this session will be posted soon, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Πέμπτη 24 Σεπτεμβρίου, 7:30 m.m. EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Το κείμενό μας για σήμερα ήταν: Αχιλλέας Κυριακίδης, “Σώμα“ Θέμα: Γράψτε την ιστορία ενός πόνου 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 όλους που συμμετείχατε να μοιραστείτε όσα γράψατε κατά … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT September 23rd 2020

Sixteen participants got up close and personal with Ted Kooser’s arachnid poem Daddy Long Legs. After listening closely to two readings, we discussed our overall impression of the work by noting words, lines and images that stood out. Some questions that were asked: What is a spider’s simple obsession—to find food and live? How does … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT September 21st 2020

Seventeen participants joined this evening–some furnishing weather reports, purple clouds, a recent sighting of a rainbow–from PA, MA, NH, NY, Seattle (with newly smokeless skies), India, and England, where we hear another Covid-19 lockdown is coming.  We come into this clearing reiterating our pledge to each other to contain what is shared here, making this … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT September 16th 2020

We welcomed 18 people to participate in our workshop’s close reading discussion of an excerpt from The Swimmer, a short story by John Cheever. Although the title and author had been withheld, some participants recognized the passage from the larger work. Others were unfamiliar with it, and this allowed for a variety of observations and … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Martes 15 de septiembre, 16:30 EST

Tuvimos la primera sesión en español de Septiembre y además con cambio de día y hora y fue una muy buena experiencia! Fuimos 12 participantes en total representando a Chile, Estados Unidos, España, Brasil y México. La mayoría había asistido previamente a una o más sesiones, pero igual tuvimos participantes que asistían por primera vez. … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT September 14th 2020

Two new people joined thirteen “regulars” from India, Mexico, and the United States to discuss an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The setting in the scene is a Clearing were Baby Suggs, holy, gathers people together and exhorts them to dance and cry and laugh. Even more, she tells them they must love themselves because … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Πέμπτη 10 Σεπτεμβρίου, 6 m.m. EEST

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. Το κείμενό μας για σήμερα ήταν: Μαίρη Όλιβερ, «Άγριες χήνες» Θέμα: Εν τω μεταξύ ο κόσμος συνεχίζει… 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 όλους που συμμετείχατε να μοιραστείτε … Read More

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