Narrative Medicine Workshop To Feature NLU’s Joanne Koch Technique helps patients to feel understood, doctors to understand

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Patients in healthcare settings sometimes feel that medical professionals aren’t fully understanding them and the challenges they are battling. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, on the other hand, may face the challenges of having to treat many patients in a limited time period.

The concept of narrative medicine has arisen in the past few years to bridge this gap. Writing stories can help patients and medical professionals, enhance communication and set the stage for finding meaning.

On Thursday, Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m., National Louis University’s Joanne Koch, Ph.D., director of the M.S. in Written Communication program, will join David Thoele, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, for the “Narrative Medicine for Medical Professionals” program. Thoele is co-director of the narrative medicine program at the hospital.

The program includes a complimentary lunch and is free to the first 40 registrants. It will be held at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, Illinois, in the 10th Floor Special Functions Dining Room. RSVP to Cheryl Sanders at or 630-874-4474.

Learn more about National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program.