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Just where are you taking that history?

Student doctors are taught a formulaic way of “taking” patient histories and repeating their stories. Somewhere along the way, the essence of the person - and why they are seeking care in the first place - is often lost. Join author and physician Dr. Jillian Horton in conversation with noted author and storyteller Ivan Coyote as they discuss the difference between professionalism and authenticity and how medicine can begin to see its history problem - as well as its historical and systemic bias against LGBTQ2+ people - with a view to creating something better. Ivan Coyote is an author and storyteller who was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. In 2021 Ivan will mark 27 years on the road as an international touring storyteller and musician, and release their thirteenth book, Care Of: Letters, Connections and Cures. Coyote’s stories grapple with the complex and intensely personal topics of gender identity, family, class, and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, and a quick wit. Ivan's stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world. Arts, Medicine and #Life is a series, hosted by internist, author, musician and award-winning medical educator Dr. Jillian Horton, that features world-renowned doctors speaking about their area of interest and expertise on as far-ranging topics as mindfulness, work-life balance and social accountability.

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