View complete information about speakers and abstracts for the 2018 Annual Conference here. Choose from over 600 sessions in bioethics and the health humanities.
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Jonathan Metzl, MD PhD
American Firearms and Mass Shootings: Mental Illness, Politics, and Policie
Jonathan Metzl addresses four assumptions that frequently arise in the aftermath of mass-shootings in the United States: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that a psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime before it happens, (3) that shootings are the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that gun control won’t prevent another Newtown. Each of these statements is certainly true in particular instances. Yet notions of mental illness that emerge in relation to mass shootings frequently reflect larger cultural stereotypes and anxieties about matters such as race, social class, and politics. These issues become obscured when mass shootings come to stand in for all gun crime and when “mentally ill” ceases to be a medical designation and becomes a sign of violent threat.
Despina Kakoudaki, PhD
Learning from Frankenstein: The Artificial Body in the Popular Imagination
Two hundred years after its first publication, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus presents an interesting paradox: it is pervasive in its impact, while often remaining misread or even unread. The novel is now a seminal text, almost mythic in its cultural presence and dense relationships to literary, epistemological, scientific, and social contexts. And yet the book has also been reduced to a form of shorthand in popular culture, in which the very word Frankenstein, or its abbreviation into Franken-anything, may be deployed in complete ignorance of the actual text. This presentation returns to the novel, offering an overview of its main versions and tenets and focusing especially on its depiction of animation and deanimation, the processes of life and death that structure the book.
David Sklar, MD
Using Health Humanities to Reanimate Medicine
At a time when technology offers exciting insights into human disease, health professionals are increasingly burned out and depressed, and patients are alienated and mistrustful of the healthcare system. Health humanities and particularly stories—both the stories of our patients and our own stories—can provide the antidote to this malaise. In this presentation David Sklar will describe the use of stories in his work as an editor of a journal attempting to influence health policy and education and as a physician and teacher with his patients and students. The presentation will explore how stories provide a context and authenticity that can supplement data and science in helping us find solutions to difficult problems like medical error and health equity. He will discuss why we need to make time to hear our patients’ stories and tell our own stories to improve our healthcare system. He will share a recent story of his that explores a historical research ethics violation and explain why he chose to use the narrative form of fiction. The presentation will end with suggestions of ways that the health humanities can help transform our health system by highlighting the social determinants of health and prevention of illness.
Expanding Educational Scholarship in Ethics, Humanities, and the Arts: A How-To Guide for the Futre
Claire D. Clark, PhD MPH, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Marin Gillis, PhD LPh, Florida International University, Miami, FL; Amy DeBaets, PhD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, MI
Re-Imagining Communication: Using Medical Improv to Boost Your Skills for Clinical Ethics Consultation
Stephanie Kukora, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Brittany K. Batell, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Katie L. Watson, JD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Advanced Facilitation Skills for Clinical Ethics Consultation
Autumn Fiester, PhD, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, Philadelphia, PA; Edward J. Bergman, JD, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, Philadelphia, PA
Resilience Training: Redress for Clinical Distress
Anita J. Tarzian, PhD, RN, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Theresa Drought, PhD, RN, Kaiser Permanente; Heather Fitzgerald, MS, RN, Children’s Hospital Colorado & Colorado University; Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University