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:

Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT June 18th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! For this session we watched the short film for Lady Gaga’s “911”, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Draw or describe the beautiful places where you keep yourself.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT June 14th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “the death of fred clifton” by Lucille Clifton, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about a moment of clarity.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 11Am EDT June 12th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Spring” by Maya C. Popa, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about time passing.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below (“Leave a … Read More

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

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Another Night at Sea Level” by Meg Day, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about a time you welcomed an adventure.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what … Read More

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

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Today our session had 18 participants from across the globe and included two new attendees to the Narrative Medicine virtual workshop sessions. We introduced the painting “School of Beauty, School of Culture” by Kerry James Marshall for 5 minutes of “close reading”. Participants were invited to … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT June 7th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was an excerpt from “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about a fascinating absence.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you wrote below … Read More

Encuentros virtuales en vivo: Sábado 5 de Junio, 13:00 EST (17:00 UTC)

Tuvimos una muy divertida sesión en español. Atendieron 9 participantes en total, representando a estados locales (incluyendo California y Nueva York y otros países (incluyendo Argentina, España, Chile, y Colombia). Hicimos una lectura atenta del poema “Besos” de Gabriela Mistral. La complejidad del poema despertó múltiples lecturas en los participantes. Lo primero que notamos fue … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT June 4th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the short film “The Gatherers” featuring violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and actor Daniel J. Watts, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about sharing space.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to … Read More

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

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Song for the Turtles in the Gulf” by Linda Hogan, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write about secret importance.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share what you … Read More

Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT May 24th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session! Our text for this session was the poem “Nothing Wants to Suffer” by Danusha Laméris, posted below. Our prompt for this session was: “Write what the stars see while looking down.” More details on this session will be posted, so check back! Participants are warmly encouraged to share … Read More

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