A Multi-Institutional Longitudinal Faculty Development Program in Humanism Supports the Professional Development of Faculty Teachers

March 21, 2019 - Dr. William T. Branch, professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, discussed sustaining humanistic traditions in today’s practice environment. See video of the event.(Baylor login required)

Assessment of Professionalism as an Obligation for Self Regulation

Jan. 17, 2019 - Dr. Maxine A. Papadakis, professor emeritus of medicine, University of California, San Francisco, discussed the importance of integrity and honesty in medicine and offered insights into medical education for surgeons. See video of the event


Profiles in Professionalism: Finding Meaning, Balance, and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine

Oct. 18, 2018 - Tait Shanafelt, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford Medicine, Director, WellMD Center, Associate Dean, Stanford School of Medicine, internationally recognized as one of the most important investigators and thought leaders about the epidemic of burn out in Medicine. See presentation slides.

Seamus Kelleher, Guitar Master

The Pete and Erin Huttlinger Series on Humanism in Medicine "Shine the Light" 
A unique presentation and concert By Seamus Kelleher, Guitar Master. Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Seamus has performed in venues all over the world including the Excelsior in Rome, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. He put together a show that combines storytelling and virtuoso guitar playing for a special treat for the Baylor College of Medicine community.

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Profiles in Professionalism: On the Road to Professionalism

Dr. David H. Chestnut, professor of anesthesiology, and director of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, presented “On the Road to Professionalism” for the Profiles in Professionalism lecture series Nov. 16, 2017.

He described the affirmation of professionalism as one of the six core competencies for physicians, the limitations of professionalism “codes and rules” in promoting physician professionalism, personal attributes, commitments, behaviors, interactions and influences that are important to the development and maintenance of physician professionalism and as well as how to recognize that physician professionalism as a competency that requires lifelong learning and practice.

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Profiles in Professionalism: “Foe into Friend: Using Technology to Facilitate and Not Destroy the Patient Relationship"

Drs. Maria Alkureishi and Wei Wei Lee from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine spoke about how to use the EMR to enhance the patient relationship and communication.

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Safety Culture: Strategies for Making This Real

Dr. Jo Shapiro, director of the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support at Brigham and Women's Hospital, presented strategies to help promote safety culture on Oct. 5.

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Profiles in Professionalism: Greg Hicks

Greg Hicks, a behavioral scientist who studies the scientific basis behind happiness, spoke about a system of behaviors that has been shown to lead to positive health choices, perceptions of high quality of life, effective stress-management, and a greater sense of resiliency and emotional capability.


Profiles in Professionalism: Dr. Arturo Casadevall

Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and The Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and chair in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, presented the Oct. 1 Profiles in Professionalism Lecture.

He led a lively conversation engaging basic scientists and clinicians on a variety of issues including scientific integrity in literature, the importance of gender diversity in science, the benefits of collaboration, and the need to acknowledge the impact of team science.

These talks were a collaboration with the Center for Professionalism in Medicine and the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, the Postdoctoral Association, the Graduate Student Council and the Digestive Diseases Center.

Profiles in Professionalism: Dr. Frank Neelon

Dr. Frank Neelon of Duke University Medical School and medical director of the Rice House Health Care Program in Durham, N.C., presented the April 30 Profiles in Professionalism Lecture.

Dr. Neelon, a national and international speaker, is interested in physician burn out and the physician's role in healing rather than curing.

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The Professional Health and Wellness of the Faculty Member

On Oct. 16, Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M. Ed., FACP, presented three lectures for directors, students and faculty concerning professional wellness. Dewey, a former Baylor College of Medicine faculty member, is an associate professor and co-director of the Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dewey, an expert in physician wellness and professionalism and medical education, offered ways to help identify burnout and offered strategies to avoid burnout.

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Interactive Communications Series

Communication is one of the most critical skills for all health care providers. In a series presented by the Center for Professionalism, Dr. Joseph Kass and Dr. Anoop Agrawal facilitated the Sept. 18 lecture "Communications as a Clinician." An interactive session brought physicians and medical students together to interact one-on-one beyond a classroom setting.

Profiles in Professionalism: Dr. Alicia Monroe

Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and faculty affairs, gave three talks on June 12.

She spoke to residency program and assistant program directors and clerkship directors on “Effective Tools for the Toolbox: Being a Steward of the Learning Environment;” to clinical and basic science faculty on “Self-Care and Effective Role Modeling;” and to medical and health professions students on “Becoming Professionals: Managing the Challenge.”

Monroe’s interactive presentation to students had them sharing with each other a recent example of a professional behavior they witnessed first-hand, and how it made them feel. After students’ wrote down their thoughts, the group discussed facilitators and barriers to professional behavior.

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Dr. Richard Gunderman, "Lessons in professionalism from America's most admired physician"

The Center of Professionalism welcomed Dr. Richard Gunderman on Jan. 23, 2014, for the first Profiles in Professionalism lecture series.

Read a recap of his presentation in BCM Family.

Dr. Gunderman exceeded our expectations as an outstanding and inspirational speaker. The audience feedback included comments such as "inspirational speaker, bring him back," "fully engaging and thought provoking," and "reminded me why I entered the field of medicine."
We thank Dr. Pedro Diaz for his pivotal role in bringing Dr. Gunderman to Baylor.

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