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2019 Winter Story Slam best one yet!

March 19, 2019

Story Slam storytellers

Our Feb. 26, 2019 story slam, our fifth at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, was our best ever. We had a great crowd in attendance, a wonderful and diverse group of storytellers, and 13 stories filled with honesty, vulnerability, hope and humanity! Something amazingly powerful happens when people get up and share like this. Lifts us all.

“The Slam was one of the greatest experiences of my professional career in 15 years at Temple,” said Manish Garg, M.D., an emergency department physician, who told a story titled “Brotherly Love,” about the death of his younger brother.

“Really pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it was an amazing experience,” said Dr. Edwin Acevedo, a third year resident in general surgery, whose story was titled, “Connected.”

One medical student in attendance wrote the next day: “I actually brought my Dad and he sent me the email below:

`Thanks for inviting me to the Slam. It was very interesting all on its own, but more important, I really enjoyed the glimpse into your world. It reminded me of your white coat ceremony when you were sworn into the medical profession. It was clear from listening to everyone that you all want to use your abilities to help people. It’s rare to see that sense of community and common purpose.’ ”

Nonye Acholonu, a fourth year medical student, shared a story about being a triplet, and her decision to become a pediatrician. Her story was titled “Superheroes.” Martha Concha, a medical interpreter, told a story about giving one patient in crisis a voice, and how that made all the difference in the world. Dr. Erin Narewski, a pulmonary and critical care physician, talked about the patient she will always remember every time she walks past room 201.

Each of the stories was five to seven minutes. The full video is embedded below, and here is a link to printed versions of four of the stories:


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Michael Vitez, winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism at The Philadelphia Inquirer, is the director of narrative medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.