Reading and Writing Poetry as a Method of Emotional Regulation, Social Critique, Perspective-Taking, and a Buffer to Career Burnout
Increasingly, health professionals recognize the value of reflecting on their clinical experiences through writing as a way of processing their own emotions, ameliorating burn-out, and gaining deeper understanding of their patients. Writing Poetry in particular provides new ways of seeing, and can act as a critique and reassessment of the taken-for-granted priorities and assumptions of medical culture.
The event will kick off with a presentation by the nationally recognized physician-poet Rafael Campo who teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School, followed by a panel of healthcare professional poets reading original works, and an optional poetry-writing workshop at the conclusion of the session.
Schedule of events:
4:30-5:00 Optional reception (30 minutes): Attendees and presenters mingle and snack
5:00-5:50 Plenary presentation (50 min): Dr. Rafael Campo reading and discussing his own poetry
5:50-6:40 Poetry reading: (50 min): Panel of 4-5 health professionals read and comment on their original poetry, facilitated by Dr. Jayne Lewis, professor of English at UCI.
6:40-7:30 Poetry workshops (50 min): After the plenary presentation, participants break into 3-4 groups (depending on interest). In these small groups, facilitators will engage participants in writing and sharing their own health-related poems.
7:30-7:40 Optional large group discussion and summary (10 min). Upon the conclusion of the workshops, participants have the option to reconvene as a large group for a facilitated summary of their experiences. One of the organizers will moderate the discussion, which will be both free form and draw on structured discussion questions.