Finding Meaning in Medicine

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
1360 Melrose Ave - University Athletic Club
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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
  • Confidentiality
  • 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. 


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