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Conference focuses on fairness, solidarity in health care

Annual meeting of Society for Humanism in Medicine brings national speakers to Anschutz Medical Campus

2/28/2012
From left, Jennifer Ballentine, Therese Jones and Fredrik Broekhuizen at the Society for Humanism in Medicine meeting

AURORA, Colo. - The Anschutz Medical Campus hosted the 42nd annual conference of the Society for Humanism in Medicine, featuring national speakers and a tour of the campus with current medical students.

The theme of the Feb. 26 meeting was "Fairness and Solidarity in Health Care: Global Issues." Richard Krugman, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, warmly welcomed SHIM members, university faculty and students, and community members.

SHIM President Fredrik Broekhuizen, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, awarded a plaque commemorating the organization and presented an endowment to Therese Jones, PhD, director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at Anschutz Medical Campus, and Jennifer Ballentine, director of the Life Quality Institute of Denver. The day-long conference concluded with a campus tour and a screening and discussion of the film "The English Surgeon," facilitated by Jones.

Presenters at the conference were:

  • M. Roy Schwarz, MD, former dean of the CU School of Medicine and former president of the China Medical Board of New York.
  • Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, director of the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, University of Stanford School of Medicine.
  • Mark Earnest, MD, PhD, director of the Interprofessional Education Program at Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president of the American Association of Medical Colleges. 

(Photo: From left, Jennifer Ballentine, director of the Life Quality Institute of Denver; Therese Jones, PhD, director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program; and Fredrik Broekhuizen, MD, president of the Society for Humanism in Medicine, are pictured at SHIM's 42nd annual conference on Feb. 26 at the Anschutz Medical Campus).

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