Explore Medicine's Creative Side

Join Me at the Examined Life Conference

Join me at The Examined Life Conference (online) to "explore medicine's creative side". I'm co-leading two 90-minute workshops on Tuesday, October 25 and Saturday, November 6.

First, is a workshop called Thriving in the Presence of Uncertainty: Humanities-Based Tools for Faculty Development on October 26 at 5:30 pm CDT. My co-presenters are Kamna Balhara MD & Archana Mishra MD,

One of the greatest challenges of medicine is learning to tolerate ambiguity and uncertainty, a difficult feat for educators who are expected to be the reservoir of knowledge and taught to question anything that is not evidence-based. While leaning into and remaining present with uncertainty is challenging, it leads to heightened anxiety that may negatively impact our well-being, as evidenced during the pandemic. Many medical schools have introduced humanities into their curricula; however, there is a paucity of similar opportunities…⁠

You can register ala carte for only $15 or sign up for the entire conference that goes from October 21 to November 20, 2021.

The second workshop is Caring for the Physician and the Patient: Integration of an Arts Based Curriculum, November 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT. I'll be presenting with my colleagues from Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum of American Art, Laurie Allen and Adera Causey.

As physician burnout increases, the need for situating resilience training in medical education has grown. In response the emotional demands of maintaining a highly disciplined work ethic requires explicit training as well. This session presents the way incorporating resilience within an arts-based praxis can cultivate empathy, interpersonal awareness, collaboration, and reflective practice.

As I mentioned, you can register ala carte for only $15 per session or sign up for the entire conference that goes from October 21 to November 20, 2021. Also, my publisher, Shelly Francis of Creative Courage Press, is co-leading a workshop called The Courage to Write with Sarah Averill MD, an academic radiologist at the University of Iowa. ⁠

Explore the entire conference program and register here.