Conversations About Ethics: Cultivating Compassion

Event Date: July 23, 2019
Time: Lunch: 11:45 am to 1 pm -- Evening Keynote: 6 pm to 7 pm
Cost: FREE
CEU's Available: CME, CEU

CME: The UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.

†This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

CEU: The Ecumenical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, Social Workers. The luncheon provides 1 Ethics Continuing Education Unit and the evening keynote provides 1 Ethics Continuing Education Unit.

At a time when more than half of U.S. physicians show at least one sign of burnout, compassion is an important feature of well-being. Compassion is characterized by insight, the intention to end suffering, and “attentional balance” – the capacity to attend both to others and to ourselves. Research suggests that compassion may enhance resilience. Cultivating compassion has potential benefits to both health professionals and the patients they seek to heal.  Hear an ethical perspective from Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Founder, Abbot, Head Teacher, Upaya Institute and Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This Conversation About Ethics consists of two events:


Luncheon Seminar
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Ecumenical Center
8310 Ewing Halsell | 210-616-0885
Explore a practical, context-sensitive model for cultivating compassion through interactions with others.


Evening Keynote
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6 – 7 p.m. Lecture
UT Health Science Center | Pestana Lecture Hall 3.104A
7703 Floyd Curl | 210-567-0795
This talk addresses strategies for harnessing compassion to develop resiliency and capacity to attend to others.


Our Speaker

Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions and medical centers around the world. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.


From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. She is also founder of the Nomads Clinic in Nepal.

She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.

A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and founder of Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on engaged Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness, A Journey Through Buddhist PracticeSimplicity in the ComplexA Buddhist Life in AmericaBeing with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; and her recently released, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet.


Conversations About Ethics is presented by Methodist Healthcare Ministries, UT Health San Antonio Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics and The Ecumenical Center.

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