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Narrative Medicine Workshop

October 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The HHIVE Lab presents An Introduction to Narrative Medicine

A virtual workshop led by Sarah Holdren, MS and Yoshiko Iwai, MS, MFA

October 28, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm

Registration details coming soon!

What is Narrative Medicine? What is it like to participate in a workshop and how can you use Narrative Medicine (NM) in the health humanities and medicine? Join medical students and NM graduates, Sarah Holdren and Yoshiko Iwai, for an introductory virtual NM workshop.

Prior to starting at UNC School of Medicine, Sarah and Yoshiko were dually awarded the Columbia Narrative Medicine Fellowship which they used to pilot anti-racism NM programs for medical students and faculty at UNC. These programs have been sponsored by the Academy of Educators, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Gold Humanism Honors Society. Their work on anti-racist NM methods have been presented at the AMA ChangeMedEd Conference, Gold Humanism Honor Society Conference on Humanism and Healing, and International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. They are excited to hold NM workshops and discuss the field of NM in collaboration with HHIVE.

Headshot of Sarah Holdren

Sarah Holdren, MS is a second-year medical student and Loyalty Fund Scholar at UNC School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies as an Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar at Elon University before extending her research efforts internationally through a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to Finland in 2018-2019. She then returned to the U.S. to complete her graduate studies in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research interests include maternal and child health, qualitative research methodologies, medical education, and health equity. Her previous work can be found in publications such as Social Science & Medicine, BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, and Medical Humanities.

Headshot of Yoshiko Iwai

Yoshiko Iwai, MS, MFA, is a medical student at UNC School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Dance and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, where she was an editor for The Michigan Daily and recipient of the Hopwood Nonfiction Award. She continued her interests in the health humanities at Columbia University where she received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction and MS in Narrative Medicine and taught creative writing at a correctional center. Her awards include the Columbia University Graduate Writing Program Chair’s Fellowship, UNC School of Medicine K.R. Edwards and A.L. Hobgood Jr. Merit Scholarship, Jane and Jerry Stacy Memorial Loyalty Fund Scholarship, and MPOWER Financing Women in STEM Grand Prize. Yoshiko is published in The Lancet, Academic Medicine, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Medical Ethics, Scientific American, with a forthcoming publication in JAMA Surgery. Her research focuses on medical education, oncologic care and disparities, and carceral health.


October 28, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm