Seminar Series: Clinicians, COVID, and the Culture of Medicine by Susan Block, MD
The Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture
Clinicians, COVID, and the Culture of Medicine
Susan Block, MD
In this presentation Dr. Susan Block will reflect on clinician experiences of caring for patients with COVID, based on extensive debriefing of clinicians caring for patients during the Boston surge, and contextualize these responses within a discussion of the culture of medicine, in relation to dealing with failure, death, loss, and learning.
Susan D. Block, MD is the founding Chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at DFCI and BWH, Co-Founder of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Center for Palliative Care, and Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at HMS. She is also the Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, a joint center for healthcare innovation at BWH and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is board-certified in internal medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Block has been a national leader in the development of the field of palliative medicine. She has led major innovative educational and quality improvement projects in a variety of areas and is known internationally as an expert in medical education and faculty development. Dr. Block has contributed to research in medical education, palliative care, psycho-oncology, and health system change. She is the author of more than 200 publications and has won numerous awards for education, research, and leadership.
With her late husband, J. Andrew Billings, MD, she founded the HMS Center for Palliative Care and led Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) for 16 years.