Spring 2019 Edition of Capillaries Now Available

May 30, 2019

Prose, poetry, and artwork from health sciences students inspired by The UW Listening Project.

The Spring 2019 edition of Capillaries is here!

This fourth edition of Capillaries, the journal of narrative medicine at the UW, contains more than two dozen pieces of prose, poetry, and artwork inspired by The UW Listening Project at the 2018 Seattle/King County Clinic (SKCC). The SKCC is an annual, 4-day free health clinic that brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across Washington State to care for thousands of patients in need.

The Listening Project was conceptualized and developed by the UW Interprofessional Education Initiative team at the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice (CHSIE) and SKCC organizers. The purpose was to help guide future practice through cultivation of communication skills, empathy, and deeper understanding of health professionals in different disciplines, and patient narratives. SKCC organizers wanted to hear from the patients served, with the hopes of improving the clinic operations and working to meet the needs of the patient population. More than 70 interprofessional health sciences students came to the clinic to listen and record the stories of patients seeking medical services.

The Spring 2019 edition of Capillaries, “Listen,” is available online at https://www.scribd.com/document/410579200/original-spring-capillaries-reduced-size-1#fullscreen&from_embed.

Capillaries is a student-run journal at the UW. They aim to provide students with opportunities to “reflect on their experiences with medicine, healing, illness, and/or grief through prose, poetry, and artwork.” The journal also aims “to support students and the community in their healthcare journeys and to promote greater understanding between the sciences and the humanities.” Narrative medicine utilizes people’s personal stories—spoken, written or illustrated accounts of connected events—to allow healthcare professionals and patients opportunities for greater understanding, connection and healing. Capillaries aims “to bring this genre of writing/art to the UW student community because we believe that all students—undergraduate and graduate—have stories and ideas worth sharing as well!”

For more information about Capillaries,  visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CapillariesJournal/.

For more information about the Seattle/King County Clinic, visit their website at http://seattlecenter.org/skcclinic/.

For more information about The UW Listening Project, contact Rachel Lazzar (rlazzar@uw.edu).