2007 CME Symposium Overview

The following excerpts are from the February 2008 issue of Bulletin - American College of Surgeons. The issue covered the 2007 CME seminar in detail including an overview of the seminar content and articles by seminar faculty Pauline W. Chen, MD, FACS and Edward M Copeland III, MD, FACS. 

"Symposium considers the art of medicine at the end of life." Stephen J. Regnier, Editor. BULLETIN of the American College of Surgeons. 93.2 (2008) 13-16.

"A one-day symposium—The Art of Medicine at the End of Life—convened in November 2007 at the University Club in New York, NY, and was attended by 100 registrants from 14 states (including 78 physicians representing 16 specialties) who treat and care for patients at the end of life. This symposium was jointly sponsored by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, the University of South Florida Health, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, FL. " 

 "The art of medicine at the end of life: The challenges ahead." - Pauline W. Chen, MD, FACS.BULLETIN of the American College of Surgeons. 93.2 (2008) 19-21.

"I accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Art of Medicine at the End of Life symposium, organized by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, because I found the foundation’s mission—“to educate individual physicians and inspire them to provide the kind of care at the end of life that we all wish for ourselves and our loved ones”—particularly compelling. I think most other physicians would feel similarly, as the mission resonates with the very reason we chose this profession in the first place: We want to help others.

For surgeons, I think there is something even deeper. The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation’s mission evokes a deep sense of responsibility to patients, a sense that I believe lies at the very heart of how surgeons define themselves."

"The art of medicine at the end of life: A surgeon’s point of view " -  Edward M. Copeland III, MD, FACS.  BULLETIN of the American College of Surgeons. 93.2 (2008) 17-18

"I have remained in academic medicine for one prevailing reason: to be exposed to bright young minds eager to learn the morals and ethics of medicine, and eager to be instilled by example with the powers and rewards of sound professional judgment. To serve as an example to the young physician, the teacher must first embody the principals and skills he wishes to impart and then have patients who relate to him as their private physician. Through this unique experience, the student learns the meaning of the patient-doctor relationship as opposed to the relationship between consumer and provider…." 

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