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March 2nd, 2017

After Portraying a Dying Patient, Actor Discovers New Role

By In the Loop intheloop

Megan Cole has played many roles in her acting career, from Shakespearean queens to Elaine’s colleague, Peggy, on “Seinfeld.” (Talk about range.) But the role that has had the biggest impact on her career — and on her life — is that of Dr. Vivian Bearing, the terminally ill English professor at the center of the Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, Maud Mellish, Mayo Clinic Library, Mayo Clinic Proceedings


February 18th, 2016

Theater Group Gives Medical Students New View of Patients With Disabilities

By In the Loop intheloop

If you’re like us, you might wonder why someone would bring members of an improvisational theater group to meet with Mayo Medical School students. Thankfully, that someone, Johanna Rian, coordinator of Mayo’s Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine, can answer that question. Rian teaches a selective course for medical students called “The Human Element.” And […]

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, Johanna Rian


May 14th, 2015

‘Healing Words’ Program Encourages Patients to Write, Reflect and Clarify

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Dave deBronkart found writing was important in his healing process after a cancer diagnosis. He shared his story through a program that encourages patients to use writing as a way to make sense of what has happened to them. 

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Tags: Center for Humanities in Medicine, e-Patient Dave, Healing Words, Johanna Rian


October 9th, 2014

Improvising Their Way to Becoming Better Colleagues and Caregivers

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Johanna Rian walked into the classroom at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center with a plan in place for a course on narrative healing. But as she began laying out the course materials, that plan was blown out of the water. “I went in with a plan, which was to start with a piece of poetry,” […]

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Tags: Cancer Education Center, Gene Dankbar, Johanna Rian


September 9th, 2014

Artist for a day (or more)

By In the Loop intheloop

It’s no secret that Mayo Clinic employees are dedicated to meeting the needs of patients — we live it, we breathe it, it’s right there in the mission statement, and we all contribute in our own ways. But maybe there are days you dream of shaking things up a bit. If your dream involves a […]

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Tags: Cancer education program, Dr Paul Scanlon


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