Wednesday, 24 March 2010 · 12:30 pm, Jordan Conference Center Auditorium
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT GIVING BAD NEWS
The Reverend Kate Braestrup, Chaplain, Maine Warden Service,
and author, Here If You Need Me, Lincolnville ME
Scott A. Syverud, M.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine, UVA
At first glance, medical practitioners and law enforcement officers seem to have little in common, but there are surprising similarities and connections between their professions. A really weird sense of humor is a common characteristic that springs to mind! And this may emerge from the inescapable fact that both fields require practitioners to be present and active in situations involving human suffering and death. Cops and doctors alike wield great power and bear heavy responsibility, and those they help—be they victims of accidents or crimes or patients and families—expect them to offer both technical skill and human compassion. And both physicians and law enforcement officers must often be bearers of bad news.
In this Medical Center Hour, the Reverend Kate Braestrup draws on her work as chaplain to the wardens in Maine to explore these correspondences, especially the challenges and opportunities inherent in giving bad news. Dr. Scott Syverud offers comments from his perspective in the emergency department.
Co-presented with the Department of Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education
The Medical Center Hour is produced weekly throughout the academic year by the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities. In partnership with Historical Collections of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, our series includes History of the Health Sciences Lectures. For more information, call 434.924.2094 or seewww.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/medcenterhour and