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Morning Lineup – June 9

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Fast-Tracking It To The Top

For those of you who have chosen the EMS side for your career ladder, we have good news for you.  Columbia University, the once-respected and prestigious Ivy League school in New York, has joined the diploma mill bandwagon and is offering a curriculum designed to ease your climb up that ladder of success.

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For several years now the university has devolved into a sick joke by wallowing in deep, political correctness and victim envy with the result of turning out high-tuition-paying graduates in a variety of specious, special studies programs.  Now it appears that they have hit the bottom of academia by diluting their diplomae with an unheard-0f course study.

They are now offering through their School of Continuing Education the Master of Science degree in Narrative Medicine.  (Stop giggling, you in the back row.)  What is “Narrative Medicine?” you might well ask.  The school describes it thus:

The care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective medical practice. It addresses the need of patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard and to be valued, and it acknowledges the power of narrative to change the way care is given and received.

Seriously folks, I am not making this up.  They really believe this stuff.  Their course description continues:

The Narrative Medicine master’s program seeks to strengthen the overarching goals of medicine, public health, and social justice, as well as the intimate, interpersonal experiences of the clinical encounter. The program fulfills these objectives by educating a leadership corps of health professionals and scholars from the humanities and social sciences who will imbue patient care and professional education with the skills and values of narrative understanding.

Health care and the illness experience are marked by uneasy and costly divides: between those in need who can access care and those who cannot, between health care professionals and patients, and between and among health care professionals themselves. Narrative medicine is an interdisciplinary field that challenges those divisions and seeks to bridge those divides. It addresses the need of patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard and to be valued, and it acknowledges the power of narrative to change the way care is given and received.

How about that?  A Master’s degree just for listening to and passing along good stories.  Criminy, that goes on all the time in the Day Room.  This is right down our alley!  Learn more about this smooth sail to the top by CLICKING HERE to CU’s course description and prerequisites, etc.  And good luck!  (I wonder if Uncle Remus would qualify for an honorary degree?)

Speaking of the Day Room, let’s get this equipment checked out pronto and I’ll get more coffee going so that we can get back there and plan our course of study.

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  • B.Morgan

    This is a creative and interesting Masters Degree about nothing. I agree it’s plain BS. I do value higher education and hold a lot of respect fro people who have advanced degrees but there is substance in them, not the art of talking.