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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tending the caring heart within: Compassion training in medicine

The science and evidence are clear – compassion benefits patient health outcomes, helps alleviate clinician burnout, strengthens relationships, and improves organizational measures such as employee turnover, absenteeism, revenue, and costs. In this experiential workshop, we will explore the science of compassion and the difference between empathy (empathic distress) and compassion, and experience a taste of compassion training through interactive and contemplative exercises.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Perpetrators, Resisters, and Victims: Medical Eponyms from the Nazi Era 

For the past 25 years, medical associations have worked to replace eponyms associated with Nazi physicians and accord more recognition to eponyms of courageous physicians who resisted the Nazis. This talk reviews a relatively little-known part of the history of medicine for current and emerging generations of medical professionals.

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Past Events

     
October 10, 2019

The Nazi Doctors Trial and Informed Consent in Medical Research
The International Medical Tribunal conducted at Nuremberg in 1947 to try German doctors and medical staff accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity was a landmark in the development of ethical codes governing the involvement of human subjects in medical research. This illustrated lecture for general audiences examines the events leading to the trial and its outcome that shaped the development of current ethical research codes.

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 4:15pm- 5:45pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6

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October 22, 2019

Slow Looking: Art and Observation in the Toolkit of Clinical Diagnosis Skills
This presentation will discuss a set of strategies including "slow-looking" to analyze representational and non-representational ("modern") art. These strategies can then be tailored to help in framing clinical diagnoses. Dr. de Luise will then discuss his work curating a rubric of medical humanities education for medical schools, such as Yale and Cornell, which includes "slow looking," "musicking," narrative medicine, movement and dance, and mindfulness training.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6

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November 14, 2019

Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart
Steven G. Taibbi has been operated on his entire life. In his upcoming talk, Steven Taibbi will offer a detailed discussion of how, to a large degree, he saved his own life, the specific types of humor he used, as well as what the responsibilities are for every patient to become "part of the team."

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6

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August 12, 2019

Addressing the Deep Roots of the Opioid Epidemic, Edgework, and Deaths of Despair 
Dr. Matthew Lee, Director of Empirical Research for the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, offers insights into the fundamental causes of self injury mortality by drawing on findings from empirical research in dialog with deep wisdom from the humanities.

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019
Time: 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6

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December 4th, 2017

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics - GRAND ROUNDS
WITH AN ARTISTIC VISION: Further Inquiries into Perception, the Arts and Eye Disease

Are humans "hard-wired" to perceive beauty? Are there foundational neurological underpinnings to aesthetics? The field of neuroaesthetics is blossoming, and this talk will explore some fascinating sidebars at the intersection of vision, perception and the arts. An overview of visual archetypes in the history of art will be followed by an examination of the optical problems of self-portraiture. The synesthesias relating to music and color will be discussed, and the talk will conclude with an analysis of the artistic oeuvre of Monet, DeGas, van Gogh, El Greco, Goya and O'Keefe, positing the question: Is eye disease an obstacle or an opportunity for artists to manifest their full artistic genius?

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017 
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Lecture Hall 3

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October 26, 2017

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics - GRAND ROUNDS
Medical Clowning: An Introduction

Medical clowning is a therapeutic method aimed at helping children and adult patients through interactive humor, folly, and playful behavior. Join us and learn how Medical clowning was found to facilitate patient cooperation and increase compliance in diverse patient populations - not only children, but also adults, including dialysis patients and those with cancer, dementia and psychiatric disorders.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017  
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:005 pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Lecture Hall 4

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October 26, 2017

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics
Human First!

A Workshop Inspired by Medical Clowning
The overall goal of this workshop is to enable participants to nurture positive patient and colleague relationships through authentic presence, increase effectiveness, increase patient compliance and increase their ability to manage stress thus lowering burnout. This is an interactive presentation in developing sensitive observational and communication skills.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017  
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Health Science Center, Lecture Hall 4

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October 14, 2017

How do Social Determinants Affect Health?
Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion on Social Determinants of Health. As either a healthcare provider or patient, explore the critical conditions and learn what can be done to ameliorate them.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017  
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Location: Stony Brook University
Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2

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September 21, 2017

Astonished Harvest
The Astonished Harvest program of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics will be holding a poetry reading on Thursday September 21st from 6:30-8pm. Drs. Jack Coulehan, Maria Basile, and Richard Bronson, the founding physician-poets of the program, will lead off with short readings. We welcome you, former workshop members, students, faculty of the various schools of the Health Sciences Center, and any of the staff who make up our community to read with us and share your poems.

Date: Thursday, September 21st
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Setauket Neighborhood House (directions)
Free & Open to all SBU community

For more info contact: carmenbugan@gmail.com or pramilavenkateswaran@gmail.com

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August 18, 2017

Having the Difficult Conversation
2nd Annual Medical Ethics Symposium is divided into two segments. The opening segment involves a keynote and plenary session. The second segment provides an opportunity to either participate in a Simulated Ethics Consult in the Sim Center, or an Interactive Workshop/Panel discussion.

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June 1, 2017

The Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics - GRAND ROUNDS
LEONARDO AT 500: A Lesson in Creativity
Dr. Sal Mangione

Thursday, June 1, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

HSC, Lecture Hall 6

“2019 will mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Arguably the most creative person who ever lived, Leonardo was exquisitely gifted in both arts and science, which he practiced as a “scientist of art and an artist of science.” In fact, Leonardo would have laughed at today’s separation between arts and science, since he considered himself a humanist who happened to be both an artist and a scientist.”

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May 12, 2017

Astonished Harvest
“Astonished Harvest is a community of poets sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics.”

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March 29, 2017

Screenagers Documentary
“Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, saw that happening with her own kids, which motivated her to delve into how it might affect their development.”

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March 16, 2017

The Schwartz Center Rounds
A multidisciplinary forum where clinical caregivers discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients
“ When Faith and Medicine Collide: How Spirituality Impacts Patient Care”

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