Christy D. Di Frances, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Christy D. Di Frances, PhD, MA, has research and educational interests involving medical humanities, literature and medicine/narrative medicine, reflective/creative writing, medical education, and faculty development for physicians and scientists. Her interest in British Commonwealth literatures led her to pursue an MA in Creative Writing in Australia and a PhD in English, focused on Scottish literary studies, in Scotland. Following this training, Dr. Di Frances entered academic medicine to pursue innovative, cross-disciplinary opportunities for engaging in narrative-based education and scholarship.

At BUMC, she serves as Director of the 'Narrative Writing Program (NWP): Writing from the Front Lines of Clinical Care, Education, and Research,' which provides faculty with the opportunity to develop narrative skills and competencies through reflective writing, reading, and listening. She offers narrative consultations/writing coaching for BUMC faculty and curate a webpage for the NWP. She also co-directs a Writing Collaborative for faculty and trainees and engages in a variety of other narrative/medical humanities training workshops.

Additionally, Dr. Di Frances serves as Director of Training & Education for two American Heart Association (AHA) training programs: the Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science (A-TRAC) fellowship and the Atrial Fibrillation Strategically Focused Research Network (AF SFRN) fellowship. These blended (virtual and in-person) programs train fellows from Boston University and our partner institutions across the United States, including Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland Clinic, MGH/Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Louisville.

Boston University School of Medicine
Narrative Writing Program

2012 University of Aberdeen, Scotland: G. Ross Roy Medal Nomination
2007-2010 University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Prestigious Scholarship
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Di Frances CD, Childs E, Fetterman JL, Villanti AC, Stanton CA, Russo AR, Hirsch GA, Solis AC, Benjamin EJ. Implementing and Evaluating a Mentor Training to Improve Support for Early-Career Scholars in Tobacco Regulatory Science. Nicotine Tob Res. 2019 May 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31095330.
  2. Di Frances CD. Reading Eucalyptus: Literary Reflections on the use of Narrative Education in Academic Medicine and Health Sciences [Accepted for Publication]. Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation. 2019.
  3. Di Frances CD. Mildred Codding’s Humanization of Surgical Art. Journal of the Surgical Humanities. 2019; 6-14. View Publication
  4. Di Frances CD. 'To Write Down the Whole Particulars': Narrative Competence in R. L. Stevenson’s Medical Doctors [Accepted for Publication]. Scottish Literary Review. 2019.
  5. Di Frances CD. Looking Glass Land. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. 2018. View Publication
  6. Christou H, Dookeran N, Haas A, Di Frances C, Emans SJ, Milstein ME, Kram KE, Seely EW. Establishing Effective Mentoring Networks: Rationale and Strategies. MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Apr 18; 13:10571. PMID: 30800773; DOI: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10571;.
  7. Di Frances CD. 'Weary for the Heather and the Deer': RL Stevenson Depicts the Scottish Diasporic Experience. International Review of Scottish Studies. 2015; 40:61-93. View Publication
  8. Di Frances CD. 'And the Roadside Fire': Portrayals of Home through National Song in Stevenson's Scottish Adventures. Studies in Scottish Literature. 2013; 39(1):183-202. View Publication
  9. Di Frances CD. 'Hunted Gallowsward with Jeers’: Legal Disillusionment and the Diasporic Impulse in Stevenson’s Fiction. Journal of Stevenson Studies. 2013; 10:59-86. View Publication
  10. Di Frances CD. RL Stevenson's' Most Grim and Gloomy Tale': The 'Ebb-Tide' as Deconstruction of Colonial Adventure Narrative. Transnational Literature. 2012; 5(1). View Publication
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Medical Humanities
Literature and Medicine
Narrative Therapy
Narrative Medicine
Medical Education
Reflective Writing
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