Documenting Medicine

  1. For fifteen years, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories for NPR. With this approach, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism and has produced some of the most acclaimed and innovative documentaries ever heard on public radio: Teenage Diaries, Prison Diaries, Diary of a Retirement Home, My So-Called Lungs, Thembi’s AIDS Diary and others. In this talk, Radio Diaries’ founder and executive producer, Joe Richman, will share clips from stories he’s produced with people whose health conditions shape their daily lives.

    Joe Richman is an award-winning independent producer and reporter for NPR’s All Things Considered and the founder of Radio Diaries, a non-profit organization. The Los Angeles Times has called Richman “A kind of Studs Terkel of the airwaves.” Over the past 15 years, Radio Diaries has helped to pioneer a model of working with people to document their own lives for public radio. Richman worked for many years as a producer on NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Car Talk and Heat. He also teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in New York City.

    Presented in partnership with the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine at Duke, this talk is the third in a series of presentations by documentarians who have produced work that effectively renders medical experiences. The series is part of the Documenting Medicine Program, a collaboration between the Duke Graduate Medical Education Program and the Center for Documentary Studies. All talks are available on documentingmedicine.com/ To view other talks in this series, visit vimeo.com/channels/documentingmedicine

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  2. Pediatric trauma is the leading cause of death and disability among children 0-18, yet “critical deficiencies” in the treatment and prevention of childhood trauma have lead to a call for more research iniatives in this area. Although demographic data is available from large national trauma databases, the complex interplay of socioeconomic status, race, culture, and community in the lives of injured children and their families is more difficult to understand.
    This project explores the stories of four families deeply affected by the traumatic injury or death of a child. In their own words, they describe the intersection of poverty, living conditions, and community with the trauma they have experienced. As a general surgery resident preparing to start a pediatric surgery fellowship, I am interested in documenting, understanding, and engaging the complexity of stories such as these in order to develop more effective and comprehensive trauma prevention efforts.
    - Dr. Elisabeth Tracy

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  3. Dr. Andrew Parker, Duke physician resident in Emergency Medicine, decided to focus his project on frequent flyers to the Emergency Room. Frequent flyers are defined as those patients with over four visits to the Emergency Room per year. This group accounts for only four percent of ER patients, but over 25% of patient visits. A small cut in frequent flyer visits could dramatically reduce costs. Parker shares the stories of individuals who illustrate ineffective policy.

    Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers. As part of this program, we host a monthly lecture by documentarians who have produced work in the medical world. For more information, visit: documentingmedicine.com/ To view other talks in this series, visit: vimeo.com/channels/documentingmedicine

    This program is a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Graduate Medical Education Department at Duke. Pilot funding has been provided by the Chancellor's Innovation Fund.

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  4. In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Segura shares documentary work she produced through the new program, Documenting Medicine at Duke.

    Dr. Jennifer Segura, a fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, focused her project on a common problem among adolescents: 9.3% of 17 to 19-year-olds develop substance dependence. Dr. Segura documented the stories of providers and one family at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment’s Intensive Outpatient Program. She recorded six one-hour-long interviews and edited them down into five minute clip, then returned to shoot photographs to mix with the audio. Her final project: a 20-minute video for a fundraiser for the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment’s Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as a website (aiopduke.wordpress.com/), where families can learn about substance use and treatment options.

    Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers. As part of this program, we host a monthly lecture by documentarians who have produced work in the medical world. For more information, visit: documentingmedicine.com/ To view additional talks in this series, visit: vimeo.com/channels/documentingmedicine

    This program is a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Graduate Medical Education Department at Duke. Pilot funding has been provided by the Chancellor's Innovation Fund.

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  5. In this talk, writer Sam Stephenson examines Smith’s career-long concern with caregiving, including his famous photographic essays such as “Nurse Midwife,” “Country Doctor,” “Albert Schweitzer: A Man of Mercy,” and “Minimata.”

    Sam Stephenson (born in 1966 in Chapel Hill) is a writer who grew up in Washington, North Carolina. Since 1997 he has been studying the life and work of photographer W. Eugene Smith and has authored three books on Smith’s work, including The Jazz Loft Project (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009), accompanied by a traveling exhibition, a public radio series, and a website, which together won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Prize. Currently Stephenson is working on Chaos Manor, an experimental theater adaptation of the Jazz Loft Project, and a biography of Smith for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers. As part of this program, we host a monthly lecture by documentarians who have produced work in the medical world. For more information about the program, visit: documentingmedicine.com/ To view other talks in this series, visit: vimeo.com/channels/documentingmedicine

    This program is a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Graduate Medical Education Department at Duke. Pilot funding has been provided by the Chancellor's Innovation Fund.

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Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers.


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Documenting Medicine is a program at Duke University which provides Duke physician residents and fellows with the tools and training to use documentary as a way to get to know and better understand patients and their families, as well as care-givers. As part of this program, we host a monthly lecture by documentarians who have produced work in the medical world. For more information, visit: documentingmedicine.com/

This program is a partnership between the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Graduate Medical Education Department at Duke. Pilot funding has been provided by the Chancellor's Innovation Fund. The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and the History of Medicine has sponsored several of the talks on this channel.

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