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Inquirer Events: Telling Your Health Story

Sep 28, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

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Event Summary

The Philadelphia Inquirer invites you to our first-ever health writing seminar for patients and practitioners. This daylong event features local panelists across the healthcare field sharing their knowledge and experiences with writing their health stories - and teaching how you can do it, too. 

Ticket Prices
$100: Professional Admission 

$50: General Admission 
$20: Students Admission
20% Discount for groups of 10 or more paying together in one transaction. Promo Code GROUP. 

Continuing Education Credits for Medical Professionals Available.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Event Details


8:30 am   Registration and coffee
9:00 am   Welcome Remarks

9:15 am
Narrative Writing: How 10 minutes with pen and paper can change everything.

Naomi Rosenberg, M.D., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, at Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Michael Vitez, Director of the Narrative Writing program at Lewis Katz School of Medicine

10:15 am  
Social Media: How to become an influencer without losing your soul.

Austin Chiang, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Chief Medical Social Media Officer at Jefferson Health and founder of the Association for Healthcare Social Media ( 

Monica St. Claire, M.A. socio-linguist and social media researcher specializing in health research & analytics,

11:15 am
Taking Our Story Public: How we turned cancer diagnoses into positive action for social justice.  

Jerry McCauley, M.D., Director of the Division of Nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and immediate past chair of the UNOS Minority Affairs Committee.

Anita T. Conner, CPA and Co-Founder of Praise Is The Cure, a nonprofit that uplifts patients, celebrates survivors, and promotes cancer research for women of color.

Kerri Conner Matchett, CPA and Co-Founder of Praise Is The Cure, a nonprofit that uplifts patients, celebrates survivors, and promotes cancer research for women of color.

12:00 pm   Lunch Break
Writing for better health, sleep and sanity. Whether you write for publication or on the back of an envelope, words on paper can help with the stress, anxiety and sleepless nights of your own medical journey as patient, student or provider.

Denise Teter, Survivor with hereditary colon cancer

Jason Han, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, Penn Medicine

Stacey Cahn, PhD, clinical psychologist, Assistant Director of Integrated Health at Rowan University 

1:30 pm  
How to get published and find your audience.

Paul Offit, M.D., Chief of Vaccine Research Center at CHOP

Inquirer Health, Opinion and Features editors share hints and tips to get and keep our attention. We share analytics data showing the articles readers click on -- and more importantly -- stay with, and how Facebook, Twitter and Instagram help your work find its intended audience.

2:15 pm
Ethical storytelling: Telling stories with respect for people, and the HIPAA law.  

Jeffrey Millstein, M.D., Patient Experience Champion for Clinical Care Associates of Penn Medicine

Robert I. Field, J.D., MPH, Professor of Law, Public Health and Policy, Drexel University

3:15 pm
Why we do this: Writing for impact. Some of our most prolific physician writers share why they write, and how it has changed their approach to medicine.

Daniel Taylor, D.O., Associate Professor at Drexel, Chief of Outpatient Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children discusses his writing on the social determinants of health

David Becker, M.D., Temple Health Cardiologist

4:15 pm   Keynote Address

Sunita Puri, author of “That Good Night” Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. Puri, a palliative care physician in California, writes about growing up as the daughter of immigrant Indian parents, and following her anesthesiologist mother into medicine. But she chose a specialty that surprised her family, her colleagues – and even herself.

 “In a high-tech world, her specialty is not cures, but questions—about pain, about fraught prospects, about what “miracle” might really mean,” wrote Atlantic magazine literary editor Ann Hulbert. “Her tool is language, verbal and physical. Wielding carefully measured words, can she guide but not presume to dictate? Heeding the body’s signals, not just beeping monitors, can she distinguish between a fixable malady and impending death? Puri the doctor knows that masterful control isn’t the point. For Puri the writer, her prose proves that it is.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

This program is followed by a Networking Reception.  





This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.  A Maximum of 6.5 contact hours will be awarded to participants. 


The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  (


Continuing education Hour verification is provided to other professionals who successfully complete this symposium.  A certificate of completion of 6.5 continuing education hours will be provided 


Car: Parking at the Loews is by valet; normally $42 per vehicle however for this event, the attendee parking rate is $28.
To receive the parking discount, be sure to pick-up a parking rate card from the Inquirer team’s welcome desk. 


Public Transit: You can take the Broad Street Line, the Loews is approximately 2 blocks from the City Hall station. You can take the Market Frankford Line - both 13th St. Station and 11th St. Station are equal distance to the Loews. Closest Regional Rail stop is Jefferson Station. 


Uber: Drop off/Pick up right outside the Loews - 1200 Market St. Philadelphia, PA


For more information, please contact Angelica Irizarry at