Writing and Health Care (Conference)

The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine. The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference (April 19-21, 2012) focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing.The University of Iowa is among the nation’s premier centers for creative writing, and its programs attract writers from all over the world. A dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, and four recent US Poet Laureates have attended the University of Iowa. The University is home to the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Iowa Review. It is also home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States, and the model for contemporary writing programs. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 1, 2011. Further information at: http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/examinedlife/


CFP: Calgary History of Medicine Student Conference

The 19th Calgary (Alberta, Canada) History of Medicine Days Conference – Second Call for Papers

Call for Papers Deadline: 2010-02-07

The History of Medicine Days are an annual two-day nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary in which undergraduate and early graduate students from across Canada and the United States give 10-12 minute presentations on the history of medicine and health care. The topic is broadly understood such as to include areas from Classics, the History of Public Health, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Human Biology, Neuroscience, etc. Prizes are awarded and there are associated receptions and an awards banquet. It is assumed and required that every student presentation provides some original research attempt, new methodological perspective on the topic, and/or visibly critical discussion following from each presenter’s engagement with his or her topic. It is certainly possible and encouraged that 2-4 students present work on a related topic which may be included in panel form. An adequate critical discussant will then be identified by the conference organizers to comment on such related papers. We ask, however, that individual presentation and poster abstracts are sent in by only one author and not by multiple authors.

The next History of Medicine Days conference will be held on March 12-13, 2010. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Geertje Boschma, BSN, MA, MSN, PhD (Past-President of the Canadian Association of the History of Nursing) from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

For any further information on available stipends and to see the call for papers and other application related materials please go to the website of the Calgary History of Medicine and Health Care Program (www.homhcp.ucalgary.ca). The deadline for this second and final call is February 7, 2010.

Dr. Frank W. Stahnisch, Associate Professor, AMF/Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine & Health Care, Department of Community Health Sciences and Department of History, TRW Building Room 3E41, University of Calgary, 3280 Hospital Drive N.W., Calgary, AB Canada T2N 4Z6, P: 403-210-6290, F: 403-270-7307, Email: email: fwstahni@ucalgary.ca

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U Iowa Conference: Writing and the Art of Medicine

On April 28 to 30, 2010, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host The 4th Annual Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine, a three-day conference exploring the intersections of writing, medicine and medical education. Our featured presenters this year include:

  •  Poet Marvin Bell,
  •  Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director Lan Samantha Chang,
  •  Author and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Sayantani DasGupta,
  •  University of Iowa Professor of Voice and Opera Singer Stephen Swanson, and
  •  University of Iowa Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music David Gompper.

The program and registration can be found at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/osac/examinedlife .

CFP: Communication, Med & Ethics (COMET) Conference

Call for Papers for the 8th international interdisciplinary conference on COMMUNICATION, MEDICINE AND ETHICS (COMET) to be held in Boston, MA USA, June 28 – June 30th, 2010

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and administrators from different disciplines concerned with issues of communication and ethics in the fields of health care and the human and social sciences. The conference is hosted by the School of Public Health and Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. We would like to invite abstracts and proposals to be submitted online by 31st January 2010. The All abstract submissions will be online. Please visit http://www.bu.edu/comet  for further details regarding submission procedure, registration, program of events etc. If you would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates automatically, please email comet@bu.edu. Registration details will be available shortly on the COMET 2010 website. If you have inquiries not addressed by the information on the website, please direct your messages to comet@bu.edu

NY Times: Making Health Care Better

Featured in today’s New York Times Sunday Magazinethe article “Making Health Care Better,” by David Leonhardt. It discusses evidence-base care through collaborations among physicians, nurses and other healthcare practitioners.

Concerning the history of health care, the article notes:

But there is one important way in which medicine never quite adopted the scientific method. The explosion of medical research over the last century has produced a dizzying number of treatments for different ailments. For someone with heart disease, there is bypass surgery, stenting or simply drugs and behavior changes. For a man with early-stage prostate cancer, there is surgery, radiation, proton-beam therapy or so-called watchful waiting. To enter mainstream use, any such treatment typically needs to clear a high bar. It will be subject to randomized trials, statistical-significance tests, the peer-review process of academic journals and the scrutiny of government regulators. Yet once a treatment enters the mainstream — once we know whether it works in certain situations — science is largely left behind. The next questions — when to use it and on which patients — become matters of judgment, not measurement.

Conference: Unite For Sight 6th Annual Global Health & Development Conference

You are encouraged to submit an abstract for a presentation related to medicine, public health, global health, international development, social entrepreneurship, among other topics. The abstract deadline is September 15, and abstracts must be submitted through the online system at http://www.uniteforsight.org/conferenceUnite For Sight 6th Annual Global Health & Development Conference
Yale University, April 18-19, 2009
“Achieving Global Goals Through Innovation”

As Featured On CNN: The Unite For Sight Conference Is What CNN Calls “A Meeting of Minds”
What: Join 2,500 conference participants for a stimulating international conference

NOW OPEN: Registration and Abstract Submission – Abstract deadline is September 15

Register For Conference REGISTER NOW TO SECURE LOWEST RATE. Rate escalates each month.

Interested in submitting an abstract? Anyone may submit an abstract. Abstract submitters range from students to professionals. Who should attend? Anyone interested in international health, public health, international development, medicine, nonprofits, eye care, philanthropy, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, bioethics, economics, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, environmental health, service-learning, medical education, and public service.