What Med School Never Taught You: Confronting Vulnerability and Suffering in Medical Practice
Nicole Piemonte, PhD, is the assistant dean for medical education and an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education at Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Regional Campus, where she teaches and supports medical students, residents and clinical faculty.
Physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, fellows and students
Creighton University School of Medicine
Kingfisher Institute for the Liberal Arts and Professions
Creighton University Office of Continuing Education
- Recognize the various ways both patients and clinicians experience suffering in medical practice.
- Describe how medical training and culture avoids vulnerability and can contribute to suffering.
- Identify personal, professional, and educational strategies that can begin to reduce suffering among clinicians, students, patients and families.
Presented By Nicole Piemonte, PhD
Nicole Piemonte, PhD, is the assistant dean for medical education and an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education at Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Regional Campus, where she teaches and supports medical students, residents and clinical faculty. She received her doctorate in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she studied continental philosophy, medical ethics, literature and medicine, and medical epistemology. Her teaching and research focus broadly on questions about illness, mortality and compassion—and how the lived experiences of vulnerability and suffering can contribute to the development of the (medical) self. She recently published a book Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice (MIT Press, 2018) and is currently writing a second book, Death and Dying, for MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge Series. She is also engaged in the School of Medicine’s current curriculum revision, focusing primarily on incorporating the humanities and critical self-reflection longitudinally throughout students’ training.
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