Background/Purpose: Narrative medicine (NM) is a field of practice within the medical humanities that allows its participants to engage with nuanced and challenging topics through a creative medium, and by doing so, be better able to absorb, understand, and be moved by the stories of others. Absorbing the stories of others is also a critical skill within hospice and palliative medicine (HPM), where practitioners are often called upon to help navigate the goals, values, and life-or-death decisions of patients and their families. Given this overlap, narrative medicine could serve as a useful adjunct to the education of HPM physicians-in-training. It is unclear how many HPM fellowship programs are incorporating narrative medicine into their curricula, or if there is a standardized way to do so. The authors surveyed HPM fellowships throughout the United States to find out how many of them practiced narrative medicine, and what their practices looked like. Methods:...

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