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Medical Humanities Chat is a Twitter-based discussion of poetry and prose with a mission of fostering reflection, empathy and connection in healthcare. Chats happen most Wednesday evenings at 9PM EST on Twitter.

How did Medical Humanities Chat come to be?
Colleen was inspired to create #MedHumChat by the rich conversations she and her co-residents had in response to poetry by Rafael Campo and prose by William Carlos Williams. The texts opened up the human side of medicine. She wanted to bring those rich discussions to more people, and make it more accessible.

What is a Twitter chat? How do I participate?
A Twitter chat is real-time discussion on Twitter. Check out the schedule for upcoming chats. At the scheduled time, log onto Twitter, search #medhumchat, click “latest”, and the chat will show on your screen in real time. You can jump into the discussion by replying to the discussion questions and using #medhumchat in your response.

Who can participate in #MedHumChat? What if I’m not a doctor?
All are welcome! Patients, advocates, journalists, and students are especially encouraged to participate, as well as anyone working in healthcare.

What if I can’t make the chat?
Each chat is followed by a written synopsis that highlights themes explored in the chat and also serves as a discussion guide. These discussion guides are designed so that anyone can bring MedHumChat off the internet and to their classroom, clinic and community.

What are people saying about Medical Humanities Chat?
See for yourself! Here’s a sampling of participant experiences on #medhumchat.

I have a suggestion for a reading to include on the chat
If you have a suggestion for a reading for a chat, you can tweet it @medhumchat or contact Colleen here. Readings for chats are typically poems, personal essays, books excerpts, or short stories. Please share!