Explore Medicine’s Creative Side, October 2020

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host our 14th annual conference focusing on the links between medicine and the arts.

A-la-carte Registration: Due to the novel coronavirus, 2020 will feature a series of virtual sessions, and you’ll build your own program by selecting individual events to attend. Opening weekend (Oct. 8, 9, and 10) will feature 9 sessions; and more sessions are available throughout October. Registration is $15 for most sessions.

We feature a refreshing and relaxed atmosphere to take in skill-building workshops and inspiring presentations from the people working to forge that integration. You’ll leave with a new appreciation not only of your art, but of your work (and even your struggles).

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2020 Speakers

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP

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Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP

(Free and open to the public) Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP is the author of In Shock, a critically-acclaimed, bestselling memoir based on her own illness. A critical care physician and faculty member of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, she also serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the entire Health System. After suffering a sudden critical illness herself, she has devoted much of her career to improving empathy through connection and communication. She lectures to physicians, health care leaders and medical schools across the country. Her book has been integrated into the curriculum of medical schools and universities across the US and Europe. She has been interviewed by The Times, The Telegraph, The BBC, NPR, the Today Show online, MedPage, Health Leaders Media, and Beckers Hospital Review. She has written for Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine. Learn more…

About the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is among the nation’s premier centers for creative writing, and its programs attract writers from all over the world. A dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, and four recent US Poet Laureates have attended the University of Iowa. The University is home to the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Iowa Review. It is also home to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States, and the model for contemporary writing programs.  Iowa City itself is a UNESCO City of Literature.

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