Finding Meaning in Medicine
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1360 Melrose Ave - University Athletic Club
Gritton, Joanne M
+1 319 384 8690
How does Finding Meaning in Medicine work?
Each meeting session is guided by a pre-assigned few-word topic--like the one above--that reflects a universal experience of medical practice or a core value which doctors hold in common. Those on our mailing list are given the topic in advance so they are able to come prepared to share and to listen; all are welcome!
The meeting is informal. After introductions and a reminder of confidentiality, physicians are invited to share a story drawn from their professional lives, a selection of literature or poetry, or any other humanistic practice to support the group experience of exploring the monthly topic from the physician-perspective.
- Generous listening
- No interruptions when someone is speaking
- Allowing and welcoming differences
- Sharing from personal experience
- Ownership of what is shared, using "I" statements about heart-felt insights
- Giving advice only when directly asked
- Allowing silence when it occurs naturally
- Closing with a sense of having been heard, affirmed, and appreciated
- Leaving with a sense of hope and strength for the unique challenges of medicine
At the close of each meeting at 8:30 p.m., the group will help select a topic for the next month.