Center's Program to Host Conference

April 5, 2013


The McGovern Center will host an upcoming conference through one of its newer programs, the Program in Interprofessional Ethics (PIE). The conference is schedule for the evening of Sunday, June 2 through Monday, June 3, 2013, and will be held at the Marriott Hotel at the Texas Medical Center. The title of the conference is "Ethics as the Core of the Curriculum: The Next Innovation in Interprofessional Education," and is focused on presentations and discussions centering on ethics in interprofessional education.

The first day will feature a film screening of Wit, based on the successful play of the same name penned by Margaret Edson. Edson will be a special guest at the screening and will talk with attendees the play and the various issues she had to tackle in her writing. The one-act play offers the tale of an English Literature professor, Vivian Bearing (played by Emma Thompson in the film), whose life changes when she is diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer. The play was met with critical acclaim and earned Edson the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1999.

The second day includes a full-day of guest speakers, including clinical and scholarly speakers from Florida International University (Miami, FL), the University of Colorado (Denver, CO), and the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).

Those interested can visit the conference website for more information and register online. The activity has also been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

PIE is a spin-off of the former Campus-Wide Ethics Program (CWEP) that focused its efforts on establishing and increasing interprofessional ethics education campus-wide at UTHealth.

~ Angela Polczynski

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