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Finding Meaning in Veterinary Medicine: Story-sharing and Discussion Group
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When: 1/24/2016
Presenter: Dr. Kim Freeman and Dr. Nya Gilmartin

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As part of an on-going effort to provide a place for veterinarians to get together and search for meaning in their careers, or maybe just affirm and validate their choice of profession, there will be a gathering on


Location: at the home of Dr. Kim Freeman (please RSVP via email to or to Dr.Nya Gilmartin , or call 5034906273 for directions) .


The "admission ticket" to the meeting is a story from your personal or professional lives, or a story or piece from the world literature, or a poem or work of art or music, or an exercise. Please bring something to share related to the evening's topic. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

"Each Finding Meaning in Medicine meeting is organized as a conversation and a discovery process. The stories people bring will often surprise both teller and listeners with their depth and relevance, inspiring everyone to further explore the meaning of the topic through sharing their experiences."


There are some basic ground rule for attendance:
● No interruptions
● Listen generously
○ Listen without deciding whether you agree or disagree with what is being said, or whether you like
or dislike what is being said. It means listening without comparing the speaker to yourself: Is he or
she is more or less highly trained, smarter, more or less competent than I am? It means listening
without trying to fix the person speaking or offer advice. Listen without trying to understand why
the speaker feels the way that he or she does. ‘Generous listening’ is listening simply to know what
is true for another person at the time that they are speaking. It is the kind of listening that creates
a profound interactional safety or ‘harmlessness’ that allow for the possibility of healing and the
natural transformation of ideas.
● Allow for differences
○ No need to agree or disagree with what is being said, but simply to listen as an opportunity to hear
what is true for someone else.
● Share from personal experience
● Own what you are sharing
○ Use ‘I’ and not ‘one’ or ‘people often’
● Give advice only when directly asked for it
● Allow silence when it occurs naturally

We look forward to sharing the evening with you.

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