Creative writing workshops and journals for physicians

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The list of physicians who’ve sidelined as creative writers is extensive. The existence of the World Union of Physician Writers is a testament to the long tradition. Among the active writing groups, Pegasus Physicians meet regularly on the Stanford University campus and a creative writers’ group invites new members at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. You can find the SEAK Physician and Lawyer Fiction Writers Group on LinkedIn.

A few workshops for physicians who write

Arts, Humanities, and Medicine Program at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Columbia University Medical Center’s Program in Narrative Medicine

Doctors Who…

The Examined Life Conference hosted by the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine

Literature + Medicine hosted at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Medicine Unboxed

Narrative Medicine

SEAK’s How to Earn Money as a Physician Writer

Seven Doctors Project (7DP)

The Storytelling Workshops collaboration between Massey College, Ars Medica, and the University of Toronto Health, Arts, and Humanities Program

Taos Writing & Wellness Retreat for Health Professionals presented by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office of Continuing Education and The Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente

The Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professionals CME course at Harvard Medical School

The Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshop for Yale residents

Journals that publish creative writing about the medical professions

Of course, any literary journal can publish the creative work of a physician, but the publications listed here specialize in the topics of illness, healing, and the medical professions.

AJN: American Journal of Nursing

Abaton – Des Moines University

Ars Medica

Bellevue Literary Review – New York University Langone Medical Center

Blood and Thunder – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

CHEST Journal

Connective Tissue – University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio’s School of Medicine

Coping® with Cancer

Dermanities – Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology

The Examined Life Journal – University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Folia – Medical College of Georgia

The Healing Muse – SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics & Humanities

Hektoen International

Hospital Drive – University of Virginia School of Medicine

The Human Touch – Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado

The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine – Columbia University

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of Medical Humanities

Journal of Poetry Therapy

Journal of Progressive Human Services

Journal of Religion & Health

Leaflet – The Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente

Lifelines – Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

The Lumen – Edinburgh University

Medical Humanities – Institute of Medical Ethics

Medical Literary Messenger

Narrateur – Hofstra North Shore—Long Island Jewish Health System School of Medicine, Hofstra University

Narratio Medicina

Oasis – Wake Forest School of Medicine

The Perch – Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

The Pharos – Alpha Omega Alpha

Plexus – University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Poems in the Waiting Room

proto – Massachusetts General Hospital

Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine – Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Survivor’s Review

Third Space – Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Tiny Tim Literary Review

Wild Onions – Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine

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Creative Writing for Surgeons by Carol EH Scott-Conner, MD, PhD

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