Examining courage through personal story

By Lorraine A. Dickey, MD, MBA

This is a report on The Narrative Initiative (TNI) experience from the American Association for Physician Leadership 2019 Spring Summit held in Washington, D.C., that explored use of personal narratives in a professional development session.

I founded TNI in 2017 based on 10+ years of research- based, peer- reviewed, unique, facilitated narrative techniques designed to help healthcare professionals and community members examine communication challenges inherent in critical relationships, including the critical relationships found between patient and provider. TNI was invited to participate in the General Assembly Member Presentation break-out session at the American Academy for Physician Leadership (AAPL) Annual Spring Summit.

The topic, Narrative Courage, was designed specifically to complement the overall theme of the AAPL meeting: The Courage to Lead.

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