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Hosted by the Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine


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Who should attend: Health Humanities/Medical Humanities practitioners, administrators, faculty, artists; healthcare providers, administrators, educators;  physicians, nurses, clinicians, and students.  Continuing education credits are available.   A full conference schedule will be posted shortly.


Featured Speakers:


Keynote – Jay Baruch, MD:  Dr. Baruch is an award winning author of Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers (2007) and What’s Left Out (2015), both collections of short fictional essays.  He is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration at Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He is Director-at-Large for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, medical humanities section chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a national lecturer in medical humanities, medical ethics, creativity in medicine and creative writing


Katherine (Katie) Watson, JD:  Professor Watson teaches law, ethics, and humanities to medical students and MA students at Northwestern University.  She has been a member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee for over a decade, she is on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH), and she is the Founding Editor of the medical humanities & bioethics publication Atrium.  Professor Watson also has a background in theater.  She is an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theatre, and in 2002 she created a popular “medical improv” seminar at FSM to improve doctor-patient communication.


Alexa Miller, MA Artist-turned-medical-educator Alexa Miller is a nationally recognized expert on visual art and clinical perception. Her workshops engage healthcare providers in practices of mindful observation in visual arts experiences. Driven by a strong personal interest in misdiagnosis and the thought habits that contribute to them, Alexa is specialized in the pedagogical tools of the Visual Thinking Strategies and their applications to the medical learning process.

Arthur Frank, PhD :  Arthur Frank is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Calgary, where he taught since 1975, and Professor II at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. Trained as a medical sociologist (Ph.D., Yale, 1975), he is the author of a memoir of critical illness, At the Will of the Body (1991; new edition 2002); a study of first-person illness narratives, The Wounded Storyteller (1995; second edition, 2013); a book on care as dialogue, The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine and How to Live (2004); and a book on how stories affect our lives, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology (2010). Among other prizes, he was the 2016 winner of the lifetime achievement award of the Canadian Bioethics Society.

Barbara Jordan, MA:   Barbara Jordan is currently an Education Administrator at Mayo Clinic where she has worked for over 23 years. She has a dual assignment with leadership responsibility for the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy and the College of Medicine Office for Diversity.  Her role in the Office for Diversity is in support of the College of Medicine’s mission to advance the Mayo Clinic practice by providing recruitment, retention and advancement activities that target students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science and medicine.  In her Quality Academy role, Barbara leads the Academy, a comprehensive educational provider at Mayo that provides quality improvement, patient safety and patient experience training for Mayo Clinic staff across the enterprise.  Barbara has a broad and deep portfolio of community activities and advocacy.  One of her proudest accomplishments is being part of a small group of community members who put forth the idea and developed the case statement for establishment of what was to become the Boy and Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota.

Registration Fees

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Physicians and Scientists $250.00 $350.00
Residents, Fellows, PA’s, Nurses, Allied Health and Retirees $200.00 $300.00
Students – Medical Students, Graduate Students, Allied Health Students $50.00 $50.00














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