September 21, 2023

Arts & Resilience returns virtually Sept. 27

The John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics’ Arts & Resilience program returns for the 2023-24 school year with four virtual presentations beginning Sept. 27. Since its beginnings, the Arts & Resilience Program has welcomes highly accomplished fiction…


September 20, 2023

Medical Humanities alum publishes paper applying appreciative inquiry

Isaac Chua, MD, MPH, recently published a study, “What Went Right? A Mixed-Methods Study of Positive Feedback Data in a Hospital-Wide Mortality Review Survey,” in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study uses appreciative inquiry, an analysis model that…


September 15, 2023

Keisha Ray and her work profiled in Texas Monthly

A recent Texas Monthly piece, “Racism Persists in Health Care. This Houston Bioethicist Aims to Change That, ” profiles Keisha Ray, PhD, a tenured associate professor with the McGovern Center. The profile shares Ray’s personal experience with bias in medicine…


September 12, 2023

Brennan discusses impact of policy on National Library of Medicine at QEP presentation

Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN, and director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), delved into the profound impact of public policies on the NLM and, in turn, the library’s contributions to shaping policies during a virtual presentation. The talk…


August 30, 2023

Keisha Ray discusses using stories to teach medical students about racial bias

A recent article in Stat focuses on writing among physicians as a way to share their stories. In the article, “Emotional Dry Cleaning: A Writer Helps Doctors Share Their Stories—and Their Pain,” Keisha Ray, PhD, discusses using stories to teach…


August 25, 2023

Paintings from Mathieu JN Baptiste

The McGovern Medical School Art Wall features paintings from Mathieu JN Baptiste. Baptiste was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, and is based in Houston. He spent his early years in Haiti and St. Paul, Minn. He studied art and…


August 10, 2023

Michelle Barratt, course director of The Healer’s Art, discusses professionalism and professional identity in Turning Pro

“Education toward professionalism is more than being skilled and knowledgeable. It requires a lifelong transformational change in how we think, act, and feel as doctors. Our professional formation (Turning Pro) is shaped by the community in which we are surrounded.”…


August 4, 2023

Joelle Robertson-Preidler publishes commentary in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

Newest Center faculty member, Joelle Robertson-Preidler, PhD, co-authored a recent commentary with Holland Kaplan, MD, in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. The piece, entitled “‘But my mom still blinks when I talk to her.’ Understanding the concept of…


August 4, 2023

McGovern Center welcomes two new members

July marked growth at the McGovern Center with the addition of Joelle Robertson-Preidler, PhD, MA, and Alejandro Zapata, BA. Robertson-Preidler is Assistant Professor and joins the Center’s faculty in teaching students of McGovern Medical School. Her interests include effective communication,…


August 2, 2023

Angela Gomez, Rachel Jantea, and Francine Snow win 2nd place for poster

The 2023 UTHealth Houston Advances in Teaching & Learning Day was held on Friday, July 28. As part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), co-director and Center faculty Angela Gomez, EdD presented two posters—one on the Virtual Interprofessional Policy…


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