November 2, 2015

The 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) was held in Houston from October 22-25, 2015, and McGovern Center faculty and staff had prominent roles throughout the conference.

Drs. Thomas Cole and Woods Nash (with faculty affiliate Kirsten Ostherr) participated in the panel “Patterns of Connection: Creative Conversations between Bioethics and the Humanities.”

Dr. Nash also presented with three students of the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration: Matthew Marget, Amberly Orr, and Aline Cenoz. Their panel was entitled “A Creative Model for Humanities and Ethics throughout Undergraduate Medical Education,” and the students did an excellent job highlighting their experiences in the concentration and their artwork.

Dr. Jeffrey Spike gave a presentation entitled “Using Reflective Writing to Encourage Professional Identity Formation.” He also led a meeting of the Clinical Ethics affinity group.

Dr. Nate Carlin participated in a panel: “The Uses of Pastoral Theology for Bioethics.”

Dr. Keisha Ray gave a paper entitled “Not Just ‘Study Drugs’ for the Rich: Stimulants as Moral Tools for Creating Opportunities for Socially Disadvantaged Students.”

Finally, Ms. Sylvia Villarreal presented with three residents who have participated in the Sacred Vocation Program: Shilpa Dass, Ahmed Salahudeen, and Blaine Kenaa. Their panel was called “Nurturing Healers: A Unique Program Encouraging Reflection Among Residents.”

Ms. Villarreal & Residents