Danny Becker and Jeanne Bereiter teach the three-hour morning writing workshops. In addition, they each offer individual writing support/critique/discussion sessions in the afternoons.  Elizabeth Lawrence will lead the morning meditation sessions, two wellness sessions, and will have afternoon individual wellness consultation sessions. Participants are invited to schedule up to two individual sessions with faculty during the week, and may choose 2 individual writing sessions, or 1 writing and 1 wellness session.




Daniel Becker, MD, MPH, MFA is the Kluge Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has recent poems and short fiction in Pulse, J Gen Internal Medicine, Rattle, Medical Encounter, Poet Lore, Nimrod International and Streetlight. He was a finalist or semifinalist in annual contests sponsored by J Gen Internal Medicine, Nimrod, Streetlight, and Naugatuck Review. Unlike Donald Trump, he is pleased to be a finalist or semifinalist. There are so many good writers. This will be the 5th time that he has taught at the Taos Writing Retreat. Based on that experience, he uses the Mabel Dodge Luhan cookbook on a regular basis. He is a busy general internist, and most of his writing appears in clinic notes. Either he is a Luddite or an idealist, but he is not tempted in the least to download electronic medical record templates that would write his notes for him.



Jeanne Bereiter, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she also teaches writing for medical students, residents, and faculty. She has a background in family medicine and in creative writing. She is interested in the use of narratives to deepen understanding and has published personal and medical narratives in medical and literary journals including JAMA, the Examined Life Journal, and Hektoen International.


Elizabeth Lawrence, MD, FACP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico and Director of Physician Wellness at UNM School of Medicine. In her wellness role, Liz is developing and implementing curricula to enable medical students to identify strategies and tools to maintain their wellness and is working on several UNM initiatives to prevent and treat burnout for faculty and learners. Liz believes strongly that clinicians must take care of themselves in order to deliver optimal patient care. she maintains a general internal medicine practice at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM.



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