Foundations in Narrative Medicine (online course)

A 4-week course for beginners. Explore how storytelling can benefit doctors and patients alike (8 hours+)

Looking for a different way to learn? Try our 4-week Foundations in Narrative Medicine course. This module is a good way to begin or continue your studies in narrative medicine.

Over the four week duration of the course, we will be using fiction, poetry and essays to explore four key themes (identity, understanding, compassion and symbolism), as well as trying out some writing exercises for ourselves.

We will also use narrative theory to analyse the ways in which stories are told every day in healthcare settings and literature alike.

This course includes:

  • 8 hours of CPD-certified learning spread over four weeks
  • All required reading materials
  • Platforms for discussion with your peers and tutors
  • 2 creative exercises per week
  • 4 reflective tasks for you to use in practice
  • Easy-to-upload worksheets for your portfolio
  • Certificate of completion
  • 7-day money back guarantee


Your Instructor

Dr Lucy Wilkinson
Dr Lucy Wilkinson

Lucy is a General Practitioner and narrative medicine tutor.

She holds an MA in creative writing and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy for her work at Manchester University.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for one year.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course for?
Any medical professional, from undergraduate to graceful senior. You do not need any prior experience or knowledge of art, literature or humanities - just enthusiasm and an internet connection.
Why study narrative medicine when I could study renal failure/atrial fibrillation/something more technical?
While specifics are important, our courses are intended to complement your theoretical learning. From these courses, you will learn a different set of skills including active listening, analysis, mindfulness and reflection. Our longer courses also include links to relevant clinical content.
Can I use this course for CPD?
Yes! We are accredited CPD providers. On completion of this course, you will receive a certificate for 8 hours of CPD.

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