Trust in the ruins: in the wake of a global pandemic, can we reimagine health and rebuild trust in the field and practice of medicine?

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From February - June 2022, this Oregon Health and Science University Center for Ethics in Health Care virtual lecture series, Trust in the ruins: in the wake of a global pandemic, can we reimagine health and rebuild trust in the field and practice of medicine? In this five-part lecture series, experts from a variety of disciplines will discuss the important concept of trust. What is trust, and why is it important for healthcare?  In American medicine today, mistrust abounds. Why is this the case, and what can medical practitioners and health systems do to establish trust afresh? Guest speakers will offer historical perspectives on trust, mistrust, and medicine, and will provide strategies for cultivating trustworthy patient-clinician relationships, and trustworthy systems of care, in Oregon and beyond.

Upcoming Presentation Spotlight

  • Friday, February 25 from 8-9AM PT Trustworthiness and Injustice in American Medicine by Laura Specker Sullivan, PhD
  • Friday, March 25 from 8-9AM PTAdvance Directives: Are We Expecting More Than They Can Deliver? by Susan Tolle, MD
  • Friday, April 22 from 8-9AM PT –  Trust in the Limits: A Relational and Eschatological Approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy by Maija Mikkelsen, MDiv
  • Friday, May 13 from 8-9AM PTBuilding Trust in the Ruins: Lessons from a Frontline Physician by Eva Galvez, MD
  • Friday, June 17 from 8-9AM PT - The Rhetoric of Trust: Physicians, Payment and Community by Nate Selden, MD and Nigel Nicholson, PhD

Past Lecture Series

  • Friday, May 21 from 8:00-9:00AM PT - Common Ethical Challenges in End-of-Life Care by Robert Macauley, MD, HEC-C. View the recorded presentation HERE.
  • Friday, June 25 from 8:00-9:00AM PT - "We have nothing left to offer you!": Reflections on the Intersection of Futility and Bias in Clinical Care by Maya Scott, MSW, LICSW. View the recorded presentation HERE.
  • Friday, September 10 from 8:00-9:00AM PT - Health Literacy and Systemic Racism: Addressing Oppression Through Clear Communication by Cliff Coleman, MD, MPH. View the recorded presentation HERE
  • Friday, October 22 from 8:00-9:00AM PT - Shifting the Lens: Storytelling for Solidarity by Elizabeth P. Lahti, MD - View the recorded presentation HERE.
  • Friday, November 19 from 8:00-9:00AM PT - Grief in a time of Pandemic: How to respond, How to Heal by Susan Hedlund, LCSW, OSW-c, FAOSW and Interdisciplinary Panel - View the recorded presentation HERE.

2020-2021 Oregon Statewide Virtual Lecture Series

This initiative is made possible by grant support from The Kinsman Foundation. 

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