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SEMINAR: Narrative Medicine in Denmark

SDU Campus

University of Southern Denmark has implemented narrative medicine as a mandatory course in undergraduate medical education and as an elective course in postgraduate health care education. This seminar examines and discusses the potential of narrative medicine - and medical humanities - in Denmark and elsewhere through a keynote lecture by professor Rita Charon from Columbia University and lectures by Danish professors from Odense and Copenhagen.

12. September 2019
from 14.15 to 19.00

Venue: aud. O100


Seminar Program: 

Welcome | 14:15 - 14:30

Professor Anne-Marie Mai | SDU - Literature
Assistant Professor Anders Juhl Rasmussen | SDU - Narrative Medicine
An overview of research and teaching in narrative medicine at SDU 

 Keynote lecture | 14:30 - 15:30

Professor Rita Charon | Columbia University - Medicine
In which way and to what extent is narrative medicine  an inter disciplinary practice? How has the field been  consolidated at Columbia, and what are the potentials  of collaboration with SDU?

Break: 15:30 - 15:45

Lecture | 15:45 - 16:30

Professor Helle Ploug Hansen | SDU - Health care
In which way can research in creative writing workshops  for people with chronic illnesses be implemented in  courses in narrative medicine?

Lecture | 16:30 - 17:15

Professor Kaare Christensen | SDU - Medicine
How can research in health, treatment and quality of life in  elderly people be implemented in courses in narrative medicine, and vice versa?

Lecture | 17:15 - 18:00

Professor Michael Kjær | University of Copenhagen - Medicine
What are the advantages and challenges of introducing an elective course on aesthetic narratives and ethics in postgraduate medical education at University of Copenhagen?

Break: 18:00-18:15

Panel | 18:15 - 19:00 

Chaired by: Associate Professor Anette Søgaard Nielsen | SDU - Health Care
Rita Charon | Columbia University - Medicine
Anne-Marie Mai | SDU - Literature
Professor Jens Søndergaard | SDU - Medicine
Astrid Næraa | SDU - Medical student
Kristian Hald | SDU - Medical student
How can the collaboration between the medical faculty, the university hospital and the faculty of humanities be improved at SDU? Which current ideals in health care like “patient involve­ment”, “empowerment” and “health literacy” can narrative medicine help realize? What are the short­ and long­term  perspectives of narrative medicine in Denmark?

Reception: 19:00

Participation by enrolment only. Please register your interest in  attending the seminar no later than august 12, 2019 by using the link:
Participation in the seminar is free of charge.

For enquiries please contact Research Assistant Tine Riis Andersen:

Participation by enrolment only

Please register your interest in attending the seminar no later than August 12, 2019:


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  • Odense M - DK-5230
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Sidst opdateret: 08.04.2021