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:


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

  • sabato 7 maggio 16.00-17.30 ora italiana (10-11:30am EST): **Annullato! Riprenderemo il nostro lavoro insieme il 4 giugno, info d’iscrizione disponibile a breve**

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: 12PM EDT May 27th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a scene from the screenplay Awakenings, by Steven Zaillian, based on the book by Oliver Sacks posted below.  Our prompt was: “Where does the conversation go from here?” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT May 23rd 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we a read a short story The short arm of chromosome 4 by Frank Huyler, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Suddenly it was clear —” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 22 Μαΐου, 7:30 μ.μ. ΕΕSΤ

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. κείμενο: Οδυσσέας Ελύτης, Το Άξιον Εστί (απόσπασμα) θέμα: Αυτός ο κόσμος… 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 τη διάρκεια της … Read More

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

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem The Rolling Saint by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about a time you kept going.” 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 May 16th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem Heavy from the poetry collection Thirst by Mary Oliver, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Begin your writing with ‘That time I thought…’ or Write about taking the time to linger.” More details will be posted on this session, so … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT May 11th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at a dance video The Choreography of Care concept by Christy Stoeten & Sarah Kim, MD, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about how you move through your day.” More details will be posted on this session, so … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT May 9th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we read a poem Red Brocade by Naomi Shihab Nye, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Write about what you might serve a stranger who arrives at the door.” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly encouraged … Read More

Ζωντανή συνεδρία αφηγηματικής ιατρικής: Κυριακή 8 Μαΐου, 7:30 μ.μ. ΕΕSΤ

Σας ευχαριστούμε που συμμετείχατε σε αυτήν τη συνεδρία. κείμενο: “Κάτι θα γίνει, θα δεις” (Χρήστος Οικονόμου) θέμα: Γράψτε για τη φορά που (δεν) διστάσατε 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 … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT May 6th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at a performance titled She – Spoken Word by Deborah Emmanuela, a poet and artist from Singapore, posted below.  Our prompt was: “She…” More details will be posted on this session, so check back again! Participants are warmly … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT May 2nd 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session! For this session we took a close look at a scene from the HBO film production of Angels in America directed by Mike Nichols and written by Tony Kushner, posted below.  Our prompt was: “Describe your own heaven.” More details will be posted on this session, … Read More

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