Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Deepthiman Gowda

Deepu Gowda, MD, MPH is a general internist and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the Course Director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine, which teaches Columbia’s students the medical interview, physical exam, and clinical reasoning He has been involved with the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia since 1999 in an effort to use narrative method to enhance medical education and effect institutional change towards a more humanistic practice. In his role as the chair of the Fundamentals Curriculum Committee at Columbia, the committee charged with curricular oversight of the pre-clerkship curriculum, he has worked with educators to better integrate narrative methods into the curriculum. His recent efforts in this field have included spearheading Art Matters, a visual art education experience at the Frick Collection for the entire first year class, leading small group discussions in Narrative Medicine workshops with health care professionals from around the world, and co-developing and co-teaching a narrative medicine based interprofessional education course at Columbia’s health sciences campus. His particular interest within Narrative Medicine is on the use of close reading of texts and visual art to enhance one’s clinical attention and healing presence. His scholarship also includes innovations in teaching the physical exam. He was awarded best pre-clerkship educator by the Columbia medical students in 2011 and received the Ambulatory Medicine Teacher of the Year Award for 2008. In 2011, he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to a 6 year term on the New York City Board of Health.