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Quillen Gold Humanism Society hosting renowned bioethicist

Carl Elliot

JOHNSON CITY (July 25, 2013) – Students, medical residents and faculty from all health-related disciplines at East Tennessee State University are invited to participate in an evening of fine dining and discussion of ethics in health care led by a highly regarded bioethicist.

The Gold Humanism Honor Society at ETSU's James H. Quillen College of Medicine is hosting "Humanism and Ethics in Medicine" on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough. Dr. Carl Elliott, a professor with the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, will be the keynote speaker.

Following a presentation by Elliott, guests will break into small groups to facilitate interdisciplinary discussions. Each table discussion will promote a specific dialog regarding general ethical topics such as end-of-life concerns, stem cell research, patient confidentiality, and medical errors. Students and medical residents may rotate tables every 15 minutes to discuss different topics.

Elliott, who also has faculty appointments in pediatrics and journalism and mass communications at the University of Minnesota, is the author or editor of seven books. These include "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine," and "Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream." Elliott's articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The New England Journal of Medicine, and he blogs at Fear and Loathing in Bioethics. In 2011, the Austen Riggs Centerr awarded Elliott its Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

A native South Carolinian, Elliott was educated at Davidson College in North Carolina and Glasgow University in Scotland, where he received his doctorate in philosophy. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has held postdoctoral or visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, East Carolina University, the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the University of Natal Medical School. The latter is now known as the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and was the first medical school in South Africa for non-white students.

The Academic Health Sciences Center at ETSU is a co-sponsor of "Humanism and Ethics in Medicine." Donations and sponsorships are still being accepted.

Admission is free and by reservation only. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations or more information, contact Melissa Robinson, a fourth-year student at Quillen, at 828-779-1188 or robinsonmd@goldmail.etsu.edu.