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Narrative Resources

Below are some resources I have created. Check back as this page matures. 

How to create your own narrative medicine session

This is the outline I follow to create 60 to 90 minute sessions. It follows the form that the Columbia University Narrative Medicine faculty use, and includes "close reading" suggestions. I use a modified approach (where learners are not expected to read aloud what they have written. A link to the outline is here

Academic papers on narrative topics 

These two projects were designed to use narrative approaches to help students create personal statements for their residency applications.


Campbell BH, Havas N, Derse AR, Holloway R. Creating a Residency Application Personal Statement Writers Workshop: Fostering Narrative, Teamwork, and Insight at a Time of Stress. Academic Medicine (March 2016); 91(3):p 371-375. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000863 Link to full text


Campbell BH, Treat R, Johnson B, Derse AR. Creating Reflective Space for Reflective and “Unreflective” Medical Students: Exploring Seminal Moments in a Large-Group Writing Session. Academic Medicine (June) 2020; 95(6):p 882-887. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003241 Link to full text

Sample narrative essays in academic journals

These essays all appear in A Fullness of Uncertain Significance: Stories of Surgery, Clarity, & Grace. Below are links to the original publications.

Campbell BH. A Piece of My Mind: The Book. JAMA. 2007;298(14):1613–1614. Behind a paywall: doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1613


Campbell BH. A Piece of My Mind: Listening to Leviticus. JAMA. 2008;299(8):879–880. Behind a paywall: doi:10.1001/jama.299.8.879


Campbell BH, The Art of Oncology: The Sentinel. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2008; 26 (10): 1760-1761. DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2007.12.5245 Link to pdf


Campbell BH. A Piece of My Mind: The Code. JAMA. 2009;301(14):1415–1416. Behind a paywall: doi:10.1001/jama.2009.459


Campbell BH. A Piece of My Mind: Determination. JAMA. 2017; 317(19):1953–1954. Behind a paywall: doi:10.1001/jama.2017.0629


Campbell BH. Whatever Happened to Local Otolaryngology Societies? JAMA JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(2):107-108. Behind a paywall: doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.3290

Tips for publishing medical education topics in Academic Medicine

So, You Want to Publish Your MedEd Paper in Academic Medicine - The Editors Share Their Tips. Link to blog post

I didn't create this one, but found it useful. Ask the Editors: Practical Guidance for Designing and Reporting Qualitative Research. Link to podcast

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