Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) is developing Narrative Scribe Training. Titled Signal & Noise: Scribing in the Margins, the curriculum builds on narrative medicine practices of listening and witnessing. 

“This training and especially the final panelists inspired me to continue with the sciences with more trust that what I learn will actually have application to the things I care about eventually. It gave me hope.”

–Participant, 2021 Narrative Scribe Training 


Signal & Noise: Scribing in the Margins will be held Feb 18-19, 2022.

Introduction to Narrative Medicine: Community of Practice

Tuesday, February 8 12:00pm This event is open to ALL in the Lewis & Clark Community. For participants in Narrative Scribe Training, this is an optional invitation to explore the narrative medicine principles of listening in an interactive workshop format. Please RSVP here.

Interstitium: MIS/TRUST

Friday, February 18 7:00-9:00pm A storytelling performance event that shares stories about our relationships to health–as patients, as caregivers, as clinicians, and as humans. This event is open to the public. Tickets here. The suggested $10 donation is not required for Narrative Scribe Training participants or Lewis & Clark students.

Narrative Scribe Training

Saturday, February 19 9:00-5:15 Registered participants will work in small groups during this interactive training to learn and practice three models of scribing together. Attention will be paid to both restoration and breaks. The detailed training schedule is below.  


All events will be held virtually on Zoom. Links will be email to registered participants in advance. 


We welcome Lewis & Clark College students with an interest in health and healing!  Including those taking courses such as Narrative Medicine Practicum, Public Health, and Medicine, Healing, and Culture. If you are an LC student In addition, we invite OHSU medical students and NACS medical scribes to participate in the day-long training. We have limited spaces available for faculty, staff, and clinicians who are interested in attending the training as well. 

Interested in participating in Narrative Medicine Training, but not sure if you see yourself on this list? Reach out to Alexis, our Community Engagement Coordinator, who is also a member of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, with a request to register!

2022 Narrative Scribe Training Registration and Information

Schedule Registration

Learning Objectives


Bringing Empathy to Health Care Through Narrative Scribe Training

L&C’s Center for Community and Global Health offers Narrative Scribe Training, which emphasizes the importance of listening and storytelling to health care teams.
   Dr. Pamela Schaff discusses narrative medicine at USC?s Keck School of Medicine as Chioma Mone...

How Doctors Use stories to Cope with COVID

Narrative Medicine is a discipline in which doctors and nurses use the principles of literature and art to better understand patients’ stories and incorporate them into their practices, by asking many questions and carefully listening to their patient’s answers. 

In Los Angeles, Narrative Medicine is now being taught at USC Keck School of Medicine and at the new Kaiser Permanente medical school.

Read the LA Times coverage

Narrative Medicine: The Lost Art Of Active Listening

Narrative medicine is the practice of listening, absorbing, metabolizing and being moved to action by stories of wellness and disease. When put into practice, this involves treating a patient as a whole person, rather than just as their illness.

Read the full story by Aidan D’Anna on the LC Pioneer Log.

VIDEO: How the Humanities Can Save Humanity

Panel Discussion Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month (#NAHM), Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation, moderated a wide-ranging discussion with artists Mel Chin and Allison Janae Hamilton and writer-photographer Emily Raboteau about how the humanities are tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change, public health, and racial injustice, among other pressing social justice issues.

The Lewis & Clark College Center for Community and Global Health is supported in part by a Mellon Foundation grant, Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative. 

Connect with the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative welcomes patients, health care professionals, clinicians, caregivers, writers, artists, and scholars in the practice of Narrative Medicine.