Benson/Kendall Visiting Professorship turns 15

Benson-KendallFounded by The Foundation for Medical Excellence to honor two former OHSU School of Medicine Deans, John A. Benson Jr., MD, and John W. Kendall Jr., MD, the Annual Benson/Kendall Visiting Professorship reached a milestone this past November — celebrating its 15th year.

Since the inaugural lecture in 1997, which featured then AAMC president Jordan Cohen, MD, an increase in community support has enabled the lectureship to become a visiting professorship, focusing on contemporary issues in education.

David B. Reuben, MD, Archstone Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was the visiting speaker this year.

Dean Mark Richardson welcomed Drs. Benson and Kendall, saying, “I am grateful to everyone’s whose support and contributions have enabled us to invite Dr. David Rueben to speak to us today.”

The focus of Dr. Reuben’s presentation, titled, “Physicians for the 21st Century: A New Paradigm,” was on the changing health care system, and how physicians may need new approaches in the way they deliver health care, in particular as the baby boomer population retires and the country becomes more diverse with its patient population.

“The health care system has floundered because of its inability to deliver consistently high quality of care for all Americans,” said Dr. Reuben.

As medicine moves into the 21st century, he urged physicians to embrace change, self-evaluate, and become better communicators with patients, families and colleagues.

“One of the things I’m worried about,” said Dr. Reuben. “Is that with all the computer and electronic technology available to us, we’re going to lose the ability to look into somebody’s eyes and know where they are.”

Dr. Reuben also spoke about humanism in medicine and urged students and physicians to become “team players.”

“Dr. Reuben is a strong defender of the health of the elderly, and a national leader,” said Dr. Benson.

Pictured above (L to R): Dr. Benson, Dr. Reuben, Dean Richardson, Dr. Kendall