series looks at the human side of medicine
ranging from physicians' emotional reactions when patients die
to performances of music and poetry to keeping children safe are
among this semester's schedule of Medical
Center Hour lectures. The Medical School's lecture series
explores current issues and controversies for medicine and society.
Its spring 2001 weekly series begins next week.
weekly forum, produced by U.Va.'s Humanities in Medicine Program,
is held on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Jordan Conference
Center Auditorium. All programs are free and open to the public.
first talk, Jan. 17, will focus on U.Va. psychiatrist Dr. Ian
Stevenson's work investigating reincarnation, with special guest
Tom Shroder, a Washington Post reporter and author of the recent
book, Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives, which
is about Stevenson's work.
next few lectures are:
Jan. 24. "Physician Emotional Reaction to Patient Death:
Impact on Patient Care." Dr. Robert Arnold, University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Dr. Vamik Volkan, director
of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction, Department
of Psychiatric Medicine, U.Va.
Jan. 31. "HIV/AIDS: Discrimination, Stigma and Shame."
Dr. Helene Gayle, Centers for Disease Control, and Rev. Elizabeth
Emry, AIDS/HIV Services Group.
in 1971 by former Medical School Dean Dr. Thomas H. Hunter, the
Medical Center Hour includes topics in contemporary health care,
culture, ethics, religion, law, scientific research and public
The Humanities in Medicine program introduces the humanities and
the arts into the medical curriculum and into the life of the
academic medical community, with the goal of enriching the study
and practice of medicine through attention to and reflection on
humanistic values, expressions and traditions, including spiritual
and ethical concerns. A program of the dean's office, Humanities
in Medicine offers interdisciplinary educational opportunities
for students and faculty and helps to link the medical school
and its students and faculty with programs and faculty in Arts