Hear Me Now: Physicians and Storytelling
You may have hear of StoryCorps. Their mission is simple – To preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Now they’re working with the Providence Institute for Human Caring to introduce Hear Me Now.
In 2003, founder and CEO Dave Isay started recording stories in a booth in Grand Central Station. The stories are stored in the Library of Congress and shared with millions. Now the Providence Institute for Human Caring has joined StoryCorps to create Hear Me Now.
Hear Me Now builds on the basic mission of StoryCorps to collect and share healthcare-related stories. They want to ‘re-soul’ healthcare for patients and doctors with the storytelling and listening initiative. They’re starting off in Los Angeles, Anchorage, AK and Missoula, MT.
At a time when doctors are facing unprecedented levels of burnout, Hear Me Now offers the chance to share and listen and reconnect with why practicing medicine is important, why the healing arts matter.
“We’re so pleased to work with the Providence Institute for Human Caring to showcase the transformative power of storytelling, offering a potential for catharsis, not only for patients and their families, but also for the medical professionals who tend to them,” said Dave Isay, StoryCorps founder and president.
The project quotes the following research studies on the power of storytelling and how it makes a difference:
- Storytelling can improve health knowledge and behaviors
- Storytelling helped medical students develop a deeper understanding of patients with dementia
- Storytelling helped patients cope with cancer
“Recording a StoryCorps interview is easy: Invite a loved one, or anyone else you choose, for an uninterrupted 40-minute conversation, guided by a trained facilitator. At the end of the session, you walk away with a copy of the interview, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it’s preserved for generations.”
If you’d like to participate, contact Lindsay Flacks, 310-543-7263; Lindsay.Flacks@providence.org.
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