Progress Notes, leaders of PCP's UCSF chapter write about the storytelling event they held last month. What if every PCP chapter hosted an event like this?
By Anna Chodos, M.D. (top L); Nathan Cade (top R); Brittany Sprigg (bottom L); and Faby Molina (not pictured)
Last month, about 70 people got together in an old fraternity house, now the Faculty-Alumni House, on the UCSF campus. Medical students, residents, sociologists, family physicians, internists, nurses and pharmacists settled into chairs and couches to hear six storytellers take the mic to tell stories about practicing primary care.
Our PCP chapter began planning this event, called Social Histories
, months ago as a way to harness the abundance of stories that pervade and define the practice of primary care. We took inspiration from current radio programming and podcasts built around stories: This American Life
, The Moth
, and Story Corps
, to name a few. It felt like the right time for us to hold a public storytelling event focused on primary care and capitalize on the power that stories have to bring us together. We called the event Social Histories
not just because it sounded better than “Assessment and Plan,” but to emphasize what we hoped would be a central part of the evening: community.