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Bioethics Seminar: Coping with death

One of the more difficult areas of human existence is addressing, adapting to, and responding to when a person dies. The metaphor I prefer for this is that when a person dies the fabric of the community is rent and the practices and processes surrounding death are designed to re-weave the community.

My hypothesis is that in the Modern era there is a loss of cultural knowledge (previously held within faith communities and indigenous communities) on how to address dying and that medical students frequently grapple with how to respond to the death of patients. I believe that the profession’s difficulty in managing death (best described in Atul Gawande “Being Mortal”) could be related to a lack of comfort of doctors around dying.

This presentation will illustrate this hypothesis by describing my own process as a GP of learning to manage death and dying and speculate on the ways in which we could assist our students to be more comfortable around death.

Speaker: Ben Gray

Date Monday, 2 October 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
CampusDunedin
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch campus.
CostFree
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120
Contact Emailbioethics@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/bioethics/index.html

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