Narrative Medicine Interest Group (NMIG)

ARTICLE I - Name

The name of this organization shall be the Narrative Medicine Interest Group (NMIG). The NMIG is a student organization at West Virginia University School of Medicine. This organization's purpose shall be to provide a forum for students interested in the field of narrative medicine to enjoy wellness activities geared around the humanities; and to provide the medical and local community with similar activities.

ARTICLE II - Objectives

The objectives of the organization shall be:

  1. To offer students interested in the field of Narrative Medicine information, opportunities, and access to resources and prompts sourced from Columbia University's Program for Narrative Medicine.
  2. To provide medical students with a venue in which they can process and find meaning in their medical school experiences thus far through shared discourse with colleagues over texts that serve as vehicles for conversation.
  3. To serve the medical community through reading, writing, and art workshops for patients in different wards if given permission.
  4. To serve the greater Morgantown community through reading, writing, and art workshops for nursing home residents and kids at the local Boys and Girls Club.

ARTICLE III - Membership

  • Members and officers must be enrolled students at West Virginia University
  • Non-students may act as associate members, but may not vote or hold office

ARTICLE IV - Officers

Election of Officers

  1. The officers of this organization are president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
  2. Officers will be elected by written ballot, with each active member casting a vote. A majority of votes will constitute a victory.
  3. Election of officers will take place during the 3rd week of the fall semester.
  4. Officers will assume office for the period of one year.

ARTICLE V - Group Activities/Meetings

  • The group activities/meetings shall follow these guidelines:
    1. Per semester, a monthly meeting will be held to gather the student members of NMIG for a discussion-based activity.
    2. Throughout the semester, three to four community service opportunities will be made available to students.
    3. Meetings will be open to all students, faculty, staff. A notice of at least 2 weeks will be given prior to all meetings via email. The meetings are to be organized and controlled by officers and active members.

Cabinet

  • President
  1. Coordinates all activities of the organization
  2. Acts as liaison to University community
  3. Serves as official representative of the organization
  4. Calls regular and special meetings
  5. Presides at meetings
  6. Prepares agenda for meetings
  • Vice President
  1. Assumes duties of president, when necessary
  2. Assists president in coordinating activities
  3. Presides at meetings
  • Secretary
  1. Maintains accurate and current information of the organization and membership
  2. Assists president and vice-president to coordinate organization activities
  3. Keeps accurate minutes of each meeting and forward copies to other officers
  4. Keep attendance records for meetings
  • Treasurer
  1. Serves as liaison to WIU for all purpose of organizational funding
  2. Maintains accurate and current account of all organizational funds
  3. Responsible for dispensing of funds in accordance with the goals and program

ARTICLE V - Voting

  • This constitution and by-laws may be amended by a 2/3-majority vote of those voting, a quorum being present.

ARTICLE VI - Not-for-profit Statement

  • This is a not-for-profit organization.

ARTICLE VII - Statement of Non-discrimination

  • This organization shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
  • This policy will include, but not limited to recruiting, membership, organization activities, or opportunities to hold office.

ARTICLE VIII - Financial Obligation

  • This organization will not require any dues/fees from members. Any and all funds acquired will be through donations/fundraising events. Funds shall be utilized at the discretion of the executive board and faculty advisors, provided that its utilization will fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Mission Statement:

  • This organization is founded for the purpose of emphasizing the value of the humanities in medicine. The aim of the NMIG is to cultivate patient-centered empathy through humanities-based activities and bolster physician wellness through creativity.

Objectives:

  1. To offer students interested in the field of Narrative Medicine information, opportunities, and access to resources and prompts sourced from Columbia University's Program for Narrative Medicine.
  2. To provide medical students with a venue in which they can process and find meaning in their medical school experiences thus far through shared discourse with colleagues over texts that serve as vehicles for conversation.
  3. To serve the medical community through reading, writing, and art workshops for patients in different wards if given permission.
  4. To serve the greater Morgantown community through reading, writing, and art workshops for nursing home residents and kids at the local Boys and Girls Club.

Purpose:

The purpose of this organization is to enhance health sciences students' wellness through humanities activities; to bolster physician empathy by using narrative and the arts to foster understanding of patient experiences; to provide interested students with information and workshops in the burgeoning field of 'Narrative Medicine'; and to provide a service to WVU Medicine and the Morgantown community through art, music, reading, and writing workshops.

2019 - 2020 Officers

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Secretary

Event Coordinator

Community Service Chair

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