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6:30 PM | Religion and Medicine: Should they Mix?

Harvard Medical School
TMEC Amphitheater
260 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115

A conference featuring Tia Powell (Director of Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine), Richard Sloan (Professor of Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry, Columbia University), Lydia Dugdale (Associate Professor Term; Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics; Co-Director, Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion), Tyler VanderWeele (Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health), and Howard Koh (Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard University).

This event is cosponsored by the Veritas Forum, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, and The Initiative on Health Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard Medical School.

Event Description
There are many reasons for concern about physicians/healthcare providers bringing their religious beliefs into clinical practice. The power dynamic between physicians and patients can lead to unintended consequences, and some might say that since most physicians are not trained to talk about these issues, they should leave them to hospital chaplains. There is also the issue of time: clinicians have too much to do, so why add one more thing to their plate?

On the other hand, many would acknowledge that religion/spirituality form an integral part of the lives of many patients and have profound implications on their health. A growing number of empirical studies suggest a relationship between religion and its impact on health and patient care. Why not include a spiritual history in addition to other clinical histories?

This year's Veritas Forum at Harvard Medical School features a dialogue between four speakers with differing views on the issue.

If you would like to join for a dinner and discussion immediately following the event (8:50-10:00PM) RSVP here: