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Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine Discussion Series

April 27, 2021 | 4:00 pm–5:15 pm MCW_Icons_Make_An_Appointment_Green iCAL
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Seeking Strength in Times of Crisis


  • Krista Gregory, MDiv, BCC, founder of the Center for Resiliency at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Daniela Lamas, MD, pulmonary and critical care physician for Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • John Tarpley, MD, professor emeritus of surgery and anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and professor of surgery and head of department at the University of Botswana

The Kern National Network for Caring & Character in Medicine (KNN) is pleased to present its discussion series, “The Medical Profession Through the Lens of Human Flourishing.” Participate in a national conversation where healthcare professionals can boldly ask fundamental questions about their profession, discuss its role in advancing human flourishing and consider how to address factors at the individual, community or societal level that pose barriers to flourishing.

Session Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed personal and professional challenges for everyone, but particularly for those in the healthcare field. Under such circumstances, what does and can human flourishing look like? To what extent is it possible and equitable in times of crisis—now and otherwise?

In this event, three exceptional speakers will share perspectives from pastoral care, critical care and global health work to provide insight on navigating crises and lessons for cultivating resilience. A Q&A moderated by Chris Stawski, PhD, senior fellow for the Kern Family Foundation, will follow the speakers' presentations.

After the one-hour main program, speakers will be available in breakout rooms for further individual questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how pathways to flourishing can help health professions learners, practitioners and organizations find strength and resilience during crisis.
  • Describe the types of well-being and mental health resources necessary to sustain strength and resilience for health professions learners, practitioners and patients, during and after crisis.
  • Discuss how expectations for caring, committed and courageous individuals should be balanced with multifaceted institutional and societal support in attaining strength and resilience. Continuing education credits are available, and there is no fee to attend.

For more details and registration instructions, please view event flyer or follow the registration link.

Event Location

  • Online (Link Provided After Registration)