So apparently Metropolis Med requires us all to take a Narrative Medicine class this fall. I’m fairly certain this is the first I’ve ever heard of this requirement, which probably means I haven’t been paying attention.
Options include classes like Journaling The Med School Experience, Life Drawing, Fiction Writing, and Napping! I AM SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS.
(… okay, that last one is technically called “Meditation And The Art of Something-or-other“. But, c’mon: the homework requirement? Is “practicing relaxation techniques”. I think we can all read between those lines.)
Hooray, writing! Hooray, drawing!
… Hooray, everyone-who-would-rather-be-studying-real-medicine-wanting-to-pelt-me-with-bricks!
The only thing standing between me and a semester of Fiction Writing awesomeness is a lack of time. As much as I’d love to say, “Hey, what’s one more straw on the camel’s back?”, the reality is that I’ve already committed to a ridiculously (some might say “stupidly”) time-consuming leadership position on top of med school.
(Also, the minor point that I’m incapable of writing fiction. I never learn. I have 2 scary-awful novels locked in a drawer back home to prove it.)
But I don’t think that means I need to give up entirely by joining the lottery for the napping class. Maybe I’ll compromise and sign-up for Life Drawing. Or, better yet, the non-fiction “Journaling The Med School Experience, Which Is Totally Different From Blogging On Account of How It’s Much More Elegant-Sounding” class. That sounds like a winner.