All right thanks very much Dennis you know when I told my parents that I was giving this talk I knew there was at least going to be two people here and it’s a little bit overwhelming to see the interest amongst all of you so thank you very much for being here and it’s an absolute pleasure so thank you.
Dennis and thanks Pam for the introduction so we chose this topic and there is a bit of history here because stories.
Can absolutely transform how we think about healthcare and it’s a potent tool that we can use in the healthcare system towards quality improvement so I look forward to talking about storytelling.
Do want to acknowledge that we have some patient and family advisors here within Alberta Health Services who have actually shared their stories with us I wanted to acknowledge Karen Clark Alicia Ellis Rick Fraser and Michelle childs I don’t know if you’re.
Here but if you wanted to wave your hand I just want to thank.
You very much for being here you know it takes a lot of courage actually to share your stories and I know that it was not easy to do so thank you for your incredible response and if you go to www.
hsn type Digital stories into the search engine you can.
Stories and many more so as you have heard from dr.
Personal and professional connections here with the University of Alberta and the faculty medicine and dentistry and of course the arts and humanities and health and medicine program so in many respects it’s like coming home tonight you know Pam.
And I started at the arts and humanities and health a Madison program back in 2006 and it’s it’s just been very rewarding to see how pam has actually under her leadership kept it going and kept it growing so you know congratulations Pam for that so when Pam and I started the program the major intention of a HHM was to really make sure that the students or medical students.
Understood that healthcare is more than just information and knowledge and we knew that.
With all the information that the.
Medical students were getting taught that it was all about technology and diagnostics and therapeutics and we really felt that there was a gap in the medical curriculum and that there was a there was a loss around human to human interaction we felt that there was a loss around trust trusting relationships between healthcare providers patients clients and.
Families and so the whole purpose of the program was to really try to reinforce to our students that they should never lose sight of humanism which.
Is really at the heart of health care so when I left the faculty in 2012 to join AHS it was very rewarding for me to see that in fact storytelling was already there very much in the early stages very much burgeoning but to see it progressed over the last five years I think has been really really rewarding for us this is a lovely.
Quote because it really does express why we are all here.
Tonight and why we are so interested storytelling because you know we can ask all the questions around diagnosis medications but really it is the stories that leads to the real.
Understanding of what drives patients and families and why we get to know them.