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Narrative Competence

Total Credits: 1 including 1 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s)

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Daniel Waters, DO
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Empathy towards patients from physicians has been shown to have multiple benefits to both patients, providers and the healthcare system as a whole. Only recently has empathy been realized as a clinical skill - one that can be taught, learned and enhanced. Charon's groundbreaking work in establishing the discipline of Narrative Medicine stresses the need for "narrative competence" as the key to empathy. The ability to listen and analyze the patient's story - the foundation of every patient encounter. In this presentation, the fundamentals of narrative competence will be highlighted. Also, techniques for teaching empathy as a clinical skill will be discussed from basic role modeling to formal programs in Narrative Healthcare.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of the patient's story as the basis of the clinical encounter
2. Be familiar with the basics of Narrative Competence and how they relate to the patient encounter
3. Understand how narrative competence relates to empathy as a clinical skill
4. Be introduced to ways in which formal training in Narrative Healthcare can be obtained and how it can be introduced into clinical practice and undergraduate and graduate medical education

Disclosures: None Reported 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. 

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Daniel James Waters, D.O. is a native of Southern New Jersey and a published author since 1981; a graduate of UMD/New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan SOM), he has practiced cardiac surgery for nearly thirty years. In addition to undergraduate and medical degrees, he holds a Graduate Certificate in Narrative Healthcare and a Master of Arts in Writing, both from The Center for Graduate Studies at Asheville/The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville, NC. He is the Director of Medical Education at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa and author of numerous scientific papers, essays, short stories, two books of surgical advice and one novel.

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