Monday 5 October 2015
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
3 CPD points
Don’t miss the RSM’s Open Section medical humanities conference which will focus on the relationships between literature, the humanities and healthcare.
Featuring renowned speakers in healthcare, literature and psychology, the day meeting will give delegates the opportunity to learn more about how the humanities has impacted medicine, plus there will be an opportunity to participate in a live discussion with Samuel Shem, one of literary medicine’s best known surviving authors.
A message from Samuel Shem:
Since The House of God, I have devoted my writing and living to address the topic of physician resilience and compassionate care. Simply put, it's 'the risk of isolation, and the healing power of good connection.'
What’s good connection? We know it when we sense it - the 'click' that jolts us into the here and now, beyond ourselves yet more ourselves, with. In a 'mutual' encounter, each person feels more zest-energy, more knowledge of self and other, more sense of worth, more empowered to act, and a desire for more connection. Power is not in one person or another, but arises in their connecting - note the gerund.
Compassion and resilience co-arise. Nobody gets it right all the time - with patient or loved one. It's not just what we do, it's what we do next. Thus the path from suffering to compassion.
For us doctors, if we're in good connection, we not only feel energized, we're more empowered to act, we’re better doctors. Thus, resilience.
Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Dr Andrew Papanikitas, Immediate Past President, Open Section and Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Practice, University of Oxford
Chair: Dr Andrew Papanikitas
The theatre in medical education
Professor Deborah Bowman, Professor of Bioethics, St George’s Medical School and Editor, Journal of Medical Humanities, “Medical education at the theatre: Lessons for clinician resilience and compassionate practice”
Dramatic reading, excerpt from “Bill W and Dr Bob”
Dr Samuel Shem and Dr Janet Surrey, Authors, “Bill W and Dr Bob”
Bill W and Dr Bob and The Buddha’s Wife: The healing power of good connection
Dr Samuel Shem and Dr Janet Surrey Author, Clinical Psychologist, Founding Scholar, Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, Wellesley Centers for Women and Faculty and Board Member, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Tea and coffee break
Chair: Dr Emma McKenzie-Edwards, Tutor in General Practice, Hertford College, Oxford
Two critical doctor-novelists in the turmoil of the mid-twentieth century
Dr Iain Bamforth, Independent Scholar, Physician and Writer, “The novel and medical culture: Lessons for clinician resilience and compassionate practice"
Staying human in medicine: From “The House of God, through “Mount Misery” and “The Spirit of the Place,” to “The Buddha’s Wife.”
Dr Samuel Shem
Chair: Professor Brian Hurwitz
Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting
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