Wake Forest Law Review presents ‘Relationship-Centered Health Care: Implications for Law and Ethics’ on Friday, Oct. 24

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The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Fall 2014 symposium, “Relationship-Centered Health Care: Implications for Law and Ethics,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for Bioethics, Health and Society.

Viewing health care delivery as fundamentally relational — rather than as a series of discrete transactions between provider and patient — provides a psychological and sociological lens to evaluate its contemporary legal and ethical dimensions.

Larry Churchill, the co-author of two acclaimed books on this emerging topic — “Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work” (2011) and “What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Health Care” (2013) — will be the featured keynote speaker, along with co-authors David Schenck and Joseph Fanning.

In their first book, “Healers,” the authors use empirical observation, as well as philosophical, anthropological and psychological perspectives, to analyze the ritual structure and spiritual meaning of healing skills. In “What Patients Teach,” the authors examine the dynamic of “doubled-agency” between doctors and patients, which is based in patients’ vulnerabilities and gives rise to a set of special responsibilities.

A distinguished group of legal, medical, and ethics scholars will respond to the ideas raised by these authors and explore their own work as it relates to the web of critical relationships within health care delivery, according to Symposium Editor Kenny Cushing (’15).

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit from the North Carolina Bar Association is pending approval. For more information, visit the Wake Forest Law Review website.

Symposium speakers include:

Larry Churchill, Vanderbilt University

Joseph Fanning, Vanderbilt University

David Schenck, Vanderbilt University

Mary Catherine Beach, Johns Hopkins University

Art Derse, University of Wisconsin

Rebecca Dresser, Washington University

Elizabeth Pendo, St. Louis University

Chris Robertson, University of Arizona

Lois Shepherd, University of Virginia

Nancy King, Wake Forest University

Pat Ober, Wake Forest University

Christine Coughlin, Wake Forest University

Mark Hall, Wake Forest University


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. Patient-Centered Health Care (Keynote Speaker)

Larry Churchill Toward an Ethic of Patient-Centered Health Care

with Joseph Fanning and David Schenck

10 a.m. The Phenomenology of Being a Patient, Physician, or Research Subject

11:45 a.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. Computers and Physical Space: The Architecture of Clinical Encounters:

Mary Catherine Beach, Clinician Emotions and Values: Risks and Benefits of Relationship-Centered Care

Lois Shepherd, Responsibility and Healing Skills

Mark Hall, Physicians as Placebos: The Law and Ethics of Healing Relationships

Rebecca Dresser, Subjects Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Human Research

Pat Ober, The Electronic Medical Record: Treating Our Fellow Creature as Corn and Coal

Christine Coughlin, iConsent: The Doctrine of Informed Consent in the Electronic Age Elizabeth Pendo Caring for Patients with Disabilities

2:30 p.m. How Doctors and Patients Communicate

Art Derse, Three Generations of the Objective Patient Standard is Enough!: The Evolution of Informed Consent in Wisconsin and its Implications for the Physician-Patient Relationship

Nancy King, The Reasonable Patient and the Healer

Chris Robertson, Should Patient Responsibility for Costs Change the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

4 p.m. Closing remarks