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Experiencing Awe in Medicine


Experiencing Awe in Medicine

The concept of allowing awe in medicine comes from the work of  Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, who created a pre-clinical medical school curriculum, The Healer's Art, to address the 'growing loss of meaning and commitment experienced by physicians nationwide under the stress of today's health-care system'. Dr. Remen founded the Institute because she "felt alone and hoped to find others who yearned for a medicine that was more than applied science". Allowing for the recognition and appreciation of what is awesome in our work, might enable us all to hold on to and strengthen the sense of calling that led us to medicine, and perhaps strengthen our resilience for meeting the challenging demands of contemporary medical training and practice.

Wednesday, March 27 | 6:00-7:30 pm

$25 includes catered dinner

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Dr. Phylliss M. Chappell, MD practices Palliative Medicine at the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital and co-directs the combined McGovern Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine pre-clinical elective, The Healer’s Art.

Dr. Chappell is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine, in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and in Radiology, with Added Qualifications in Neuroradiology. Dr. Chappell has authored presentations and exhibits at regional and national meetings, including the Center to Advance Palliative Care National Seminar, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assemblies, the Conference on Medicine and Religion, the Texas Geriatrics Society, the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neuroradiology, the Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, and the Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association. Dr. Chappell is a recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Paper Investigators Award, Hearst Foundation Award, and recipient of a University of Texas McGovern Medical School Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award.