Calendar of Events

October 19, 2017 - 9:00am to October 22, 2017 - 5:00pm
Kansas City, MO

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 18th Annual Meeting

October 27, 2017 - 9:00am to October 29, 2017 - 9:00am
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN

Jay Baruch, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholary Concentration
Alpert Medical School - Brown University

The 2017 conference will focus on how the health humanities can address differences among cultures and value systems in the healthcare workplace and beyond.  The conference seeks to identify tools to address the concept of otherness and celebrate difference and to offer strategies for sustaining empathy in challenging situations—strategies that may be employed in healthcare practice, education and research.  What notable examples exist in the health humanities that demonstrate cross-cultural engagement or alternative ways of thinking about differences, and model collaborative meaning-making?  Who are the key practitioners who show us how to cross disciplines, blur the boundaries of otherness and listen authentically to other perspectives?  How can the health humanities assist us in acknowledging bias and approaching patients and peers with openness and respect while sustaining empathy?

November 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scaife Hall - 4th Floor

CF Reynolds Medical History Society
25th Annual Sylvan E. Stool History of Medicine Lecture

James Mohr, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History
University of Oregon


November 9, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Barco Law Building - Teplitz Courtroom

Mark A. Nordenberg Lecture in Law, Medicine & Psychiatry
Lois Shepherd, JD
Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr., and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Professor of Law
University of Virginia
Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities

Understanding reproduction rights as protecting mainly choice overlooks the importance of reproduction and sexuality to women's health.  Through the lens of women's health, Professor Shepherd reviews recent abortion rights cases -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and the woefully inadequate.  She asks, "How could a right to health make a woman "whole"?

November 15, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
WEBINAR - Registration Required.  Please contact Jody Stockdill for additional information and to register.

Alan Meisel, JD,. Professor of Law and Psychiatry, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote Professor of Bioethics, University of Pittsburgh School of Law


November 16, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Herberman Conference Center 5230 Centre Avenue

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
New York University - NYU Langone Medical Center

November 16, 2017 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm
QI2T Center - 650 Smithfield Street Suite 2600 Pittsburgh

Jonathan Weinkle, MD, FAAP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine

Effective communication is one of the six “core competencies” that physicians are meant to master in residency training. Yet the hidden curriculum of time pressures, procedure-based billing, and overwork leaves little time for teaching this crucial skill. Patients report feeling dehumanized and devalued when their providers interrupt them, rush them to make critical decisions, fail to explain diagnoses and procedures, and misunderstand or ignore the real reason they have sought medical attention. This is a CME-approved workshop on building a covenant between patient and provider based on deep, respectful communication. Participants will be able to choose to hone their skills in agenda setting, reflective listening, or negotiating a plan of care. In addition, all participants will participate in a dinnertime session of practice inquiry, a technique for exploring cases where the communication has become difficult and is interfering with the provision of care.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Registration is $30; need-based scholarships are available from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative/Jewish Healthcare Foundation

December 4, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
501 Cathedral of Learning

Medical Humanities Mondays Lecture
Lori Jakiela, PhD
Professor of English and Creative/Professional Writing
Director of the Writing Program
University of Pittsburgh - Greensburg

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross--Swiss-born psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies and author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying—said of grief, “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” Grief in the United States is often something we’re told should or could be gotten over. Many people do not or cannot take the time they need to engage with and honor loss in their everyday lives.  The idea that grief is temporary, linear, something to move past and not weave into the texture of our lives, can cause pain, especially around the holidays. In this talk, I’ll discuss how traditions and rituals, food and stories, can help us honor and remember people we’ve lost. I’ll discuss how these ideas influenced my own writing, and how important rituals and family traditions have been in my own process of allowing grief and healing to co-exist. Together, we’ll participate in a writing exercise centered on a family recipe or tradition. Together, we’ll explore how writing the narratives that go along with our traditions can help us find, if not beauty, then some sense of order in the grieving process. We’ll also discuss the importance of creating new rituals and traditions that honor those we’ve lost and keep their memories present through generations.

December 19, 2017 (All day)
LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA
January 23, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scaife Hall - 4th Floor

CF Reynolds Medical History Society
Joseph Losee, MD
Ross H. Musgrave Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh - Children's Hospital of UPMC

January 26, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Visiting Professor in Bioethics & Public Health
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics & Medicine
Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy & Management
Deputy Director for Medicine of the Johns Hopkins Berman
  Institute of Bioethics

February 15, 2018 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Rangos Conference Center Children's Hospital of UPMC

Medearis Lecture / Pediatric Grand Rounds
Sahar Sadjadi, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Sociology
Amherst College

February 26, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
To be determined

Alice Dreger, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies / Medical Humanities / Bioethics Lecture

February 27, 2018 -
7:15am to 8:15am
Auditorium - Magee Womens Hospital

Prenatal Dexamethasone for CAH: How Safe Are Pregnant Women and Fetuses in Our Medical System?
Alice Dreger, PhD
Author of  The Talk: Helping Your Kids Navigate Sex in the Real World (2016), One of Us: Cojoined Twins and the Future of Normal (2004), and Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex (1998).

February 27, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Scaife Hall - 4th Floor

CF Reynolds Medical History Society
Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center