Narrative Medicine Topic at Next Writers Meeting

Poet Donna Doyle and Ronald Lands, M.D. will speak about narrative medicine at the next Knoxville Writers’ Guild meeting.

The event, which will be open to the public, begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Street in Fort Sanders. A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave.

“Dr. Lands and I will be talking about narrative medicine - in theory and in practice. Of course, we'll represent different perspectives - physician, patient, caregiver, etc…,” Doyle said. “We'll both read from our own medical-themed writings. We will address if/how working in a medical environment has improved our writing.”

Doyle’s medical-themed poetry has been used in workshops, support groups, medical conferences and medical newsletters. She facilitates poetry workshops in healthcare settings and mentors health sciences students in the practice of narrative medicine. Annually, she serves as a judge for the Tennessee ACP’s narrative medicine writing contest. She is poet-in-residence at UT Graduate School of Medicine’s Preston Medical Library where she manages an author reading/conversation series – “Literary Rounds: Where Medicine Mingles with the Muse.”

Dr. Lands also has experience combining writing and medicine. Currently he is a Professor of Medicine in the Hematology/Oncology and the Geriatrics Divisions at UT Knoxville Department of Medicine. He is also the course coordinator of a Narrative Medicine Elective for medical students and Internal Medicine Residents. His short stories have been published in several small literary journals. He has several clinical vignettes, essays and poems published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” “Annals of Internal Medicine,” “Journal of Palliative Medicine” and the “Journal of General Internal Medicine.”

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