Sponsored by Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
Monday, April 2, 2012
One evening in the fall of 2009, five physicians, all from different specialties, sat down together in a room and decided to write—write about their patients’ suffering, about how that makes them feel, about the toll their sense of responsibility takes on them personally and on their families. They decided to trust one another enough to write about their insecurities, mistakes that still haunt them, and how they feel when they become patients. They also decided to write about happy things, like looking into the luminous brown eyes of a child whose life was spared because of surgery well done—and funny things, like watching a haughty attending physician, while teaching students on bedside rounds, confuse the symptoms and diagnoses of two patients sharing a room.
The physicians’ creative and reflective writing has been featured in prestigious, professional journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Annals of Internal Medicine, and Academic Medicine. Publishing (so far 16 original pieces) in these forums enables our Penn State Hershey physician writers to promote human-centered dimensions of medicine and heighten professionalism on national and international levels.
This event is open to the public.
Free; no tickets required.