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Osher Institute Lecture: “The Doctor as a Patient: How it Changed Her Life”

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This lecture is provided by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Awdish’s near-death experience revealed a dark hole at the center of what was otherwise highly-proficient, astoundingly skillful care. What she learned was that, though the healing potential of knowledge is magical, it is also a lie: Medicine cannot heal in a vacuum; it requires connection. Her talk will focus on what is needed to heal medicine, and how medical training distances physician from patients. Ultimately, it is only by giving primacy to the patient narrative, building resilience in the physician, and forming a community that we can hope to reunite the pieces into a cohesive whole, with the power to heal us all.

Dr. Rana Awdish is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.