Past Events

  • 2019 McGovern Lecture - Defining Death: Persistent Problems and Possible Solutions

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    Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:45pm
    Robert Truog, MD, Harvard Medical School

    Robert Truog, MD is Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. He also practices pediatric intensive care medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Truog has published more than 300 articles in bioethics and related disciplines.  He is co-author of Death, Dying, and Organ Transplantation (Oxford, 2012).  He lectures widely both nationally and internationally; and is an active member of numerous committees and advisory boards. He is the author of current national guidelines for providing end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. 

  • Challenges in Setting Thresholds for Understanding in Research Informed Consent

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    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

    Kevin Weinfurt, PhD is Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. He is also professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University Medical Center and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Professor Weinfurt conducts research on measuring patient-reported outcomes, medical decision making, and bioethics. As an educator, he co-directs Duke's masters-level Clinical Research Training Program and has taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, judgment and decision making, the psychology of medical decision making; and graduate courses in multivariate statistics and patient-reported outcomes research.

    See recording of Kevin Weinfurt's talk.

  • 2019 Boyarsky Lecture - More Just, More Humane: Reimagining the Social Role of Medicine

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    Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 5:45pm
    Arno Kumagai, MD, University of Toronto

    The education and mentorship of future health practitioners play a critical role in their care of the ill and suffering. What does moral education look like? How can we develop a more unified approach to teaching and learning for societal significance? Dr. Kumagai will consider these questions and explore the concept of critical consciousness in teaching for equity and justice. He will show how stories, reflections, and dialogue can foster transformative learning and lead to transformation of the practice of medicine. 

  • Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experiences

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    Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Rafael Campo, MD, physician and poet

    Rafael Campo, MD teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  Author of eight highly acclaimed books, he is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Amherst College, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry; his third collection of poetry, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

    See recording of Rafael Campo's talk.

  • Reimagining Research Ethics

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    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    James DuBois, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics Research, Washington University School of Medicine

    Everyone thinks research ethics is important. But different stakeholders-- compliance officers, researchers, philosophers, funding agencies, trainees, and members of the public—often mean radically different things by ‘research ethics.’ This talk will explore the concept of research ethics with the aim of ensuring that programs effectively meet the needs of diverse stakeholders in research.

    See recording of James DuBois' lecture.

  • Assisting Death in America: A Cultural Account of a New Medical Frontier

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    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Mara Buchbinder, PhD, UNC Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    In this talk, Professor Buchbinder will present findings from the Vermont Study on Aid-in-Dying, which investigated the implementation of Vermont's "Patient Choice and Control at End of Life" Act, enacted in 2013. Drawing on two years of ethnographic research in Vermont, she will focus on the gaps between advocacy narratives and what assisted death looks like once it is put into practice.

    See recording of Mara Buchbinder's lecture.

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