Narrative Medicine at UCF COM


In Narrative Medicine instruction at the UCF College of Medicine, we use close reading and writing activities to encourage reflection and develop narrative competence, which is “…the competence human beings use to absorb, interpret, and respond to stories…it enables the physician to practice with empathy, reflection, professionalism, and trustworthiness.” (Charon, 2001)

The first year of the MD program introduces Narrative Medicine during the Making of a Physician (MOP) module, and reinforced during the third year in the pediatric and psychiatric clerkships.  The two-week Narrative Medicine 4th year elective experience engages students in intense close reading, writing, and patient storytelling activities and gives students the opportunity to absorb and analyze narrative through various forms of the humanities, including literature, film, visual art, and the dramatic arts.

Please contact Olivia DiLeonardo at or 407-567-4404 for more information about this program.

Charon, Rita. (2001). Narrative Medicine: A Model for Empathy, Reflection, Profession, and Trust. Journal of the American Medical Association 286, 1897-902.


Books and films for the Narrative Medicine 4th year elective





4th year elective students attending performances at The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Annie Russell Theater at Rollins College, and the Enzian Theater


Author reading event for contributors to Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine


Olivia DiLeonardo and Narrative Medicine faculty and staff members Donna Bulesco, Rita Charon, and Cindy Smalletz at Columbia University Medical Center