SUSAN J. SAMPLE portrait
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Internal Medicine
  • Program Associate, Medical Ethics


  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2014, "Dying Bodies as Kairotic Sites for Suturing Rhetorical Strategies of Silence and Material Rhetoric.". Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2013.
  • National Communication Association, November 2013, "So Let's Talk Theory: Picking Up the Narrative Thread in Health Communication Conversations.". Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 03/2013.
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, October 2013, "Why Doctors Listen When This Sick Girl Speaks!: A Cystic Fibrosis Patient Performs Narrative Repair on Medicine's Cultural Myths of Dying.". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2013.
  • Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, September 2013, "Physicians' personal Narratives of End-of-Life Encounters: A New Genre of Medical Discourse". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 09/2013.
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2013, "The Rhetorical Power of Silence in End-of-Life Conversations". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2013.
  • National Communication Association, October 2011, "From Dazzling Color to Disturbing Sounds: How the Disability Memoirs of Stephen Kuusisto Create Cultural Dissonance". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2011.
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, October 2011, "Narrative as Boundary Object: When Private Experiences Become Public Domain, They Generate new Conversations about End-of-Life Care for Elderly Patients". Poster, Presented, 10/2011.
  • Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, October 2010, "Success of 'Failing to Thrive': How a Physician's Personal Narrative Crosses the Cultural Divide". Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 10/2010.
  • Annual Conference of the Society for Transplant Social Workers, September 2005, Plenary Address: "The Healing Art of Poetry: Transplant Teens' Writing Creates New Bridges between Patients and Providers". Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2005.


  • "Medicine and Society: "Vulnerability in Physicians' Narratives." Virtual Mentor (American Medical Association), 13.7. Published, 07/2011.
  • Terrible Grace: Poems. Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2011. Published, 11/2011.
  • "Prioritizing Teamwork: Promoting Process and Product Effectiveness in the Freshman Engineering Design Course," American Society for Engineering Education Conference Proceedings (AC210:860). Published, 06/2010.