“Suffering and Hope in the Healthcare Practitioner’s Vocation”
What’s at the root of physician burnout? What is a traditional Christian view of the healthcare practitioner’s vocation? What needs to change in medical student education and formation? Why practice medicine at all?
Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S., is an attending psychiatrist on the adult inpatient service at Denver Health, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned a master’s degree in Medicine and Theology from Duke Divinity School and is the author of The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(TM) Diagnostic Exam.
Respondents: Dr. Therese Jones, Associate Director of the CU Center for Bioethics, University of Colorado; Dr. Ray Barfield, Duke University
“Justice and Health Equity: Is There a Role for Faith Communities?”
What are the greatest needs for access to quality health care today? What role can faith communities play in public health? Pastors? Community Organizers? What might alliances between churches and hospitals look like?
Dr. William Wright is the executive medical director of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, which is comprised of 1,1oo physicians and more than 540,000 members. Prior to becoming executive medical director, Dr. Wright was CPMG’s associate medical director of market and networks where he developed community network relationships with Kaiser.
Respondents: Mr Kraig Burleson, CEO, Inner City Health Center; Dr. Annie Dominguez, Salud Family Health Center; Dr. Matt Wynia, Director of the CU Center for Bioethics, University of Colorado
“Living a Fully Human Life to the End”
How should we think about contemporary the end-of-life debates raised by Atul Gawande and others? What does a fully human life look like in hospice care? What is death? What can traditional Christian teachings about Christ’s suffering and resurrection add to this debate? What needs to change in how contemporary healthcare approaches end-of-life issues?
Ray Barfield joined the faculties of Duke’s Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. Dr. Barfield came from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his research and practice focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has turned much of his effort towards bridging activities in theology and medicine. On the medical side of campus he continues to practice as a pediatric oncologist, and he directs the Pediatric Quality of Life/Palliative Care program, a program that combines medical care, education and research to benefit children with complex, chronic or potentially life-limiting disease.
Respondents: Dr. Hillary Lum, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado; Dr. Bob Cutillo, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.