Nov. 18: Medicine and Ethics

Event Details


Date: November 17, 2013

Times: 5 p.m.

Location: GSC 100

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

As a part of a senior Capstone course, the Augustana Religion Department and the DeGroot Center at Sanford Hospital will sponsor a series of public discussions on regarding medicine, ethics and theology. Titled “The Ragged Edge of Life: ‘Hot’ Topics in Medicine and Ethics,” the series will run at 5 p.m. every Monday from Oct. 14 to Nov. 18 in GSC 100.

“The underlying theme is that medicine, while technical in many of its methods of inquiry and action, is ultimately a human profession, about people and about human distress. The professional role is not solely of diagnosis and intervention but one of recognition, of astute listening, and of reflection and empathy. This role can be enhanced and enriched by a deeper understanding of the ordeal of the patient, as well as an understanding of the biases and the beliefs that we bring to the patient/physician relationship,” Professor of Religion Dr. Ann Pederson wrote, regarding the course and the series.

The following speakers will lead the Monday public discussions:

  • Oct. 14: H. Eugene Hoyme, M.D. '72, will discuss “New Topics in Research Ethics.” Hoyme is the chief academic officer at Sanford Health, president and senior scientist at Sanford Research, and professor of pediatrics at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Oct. 21: David W. Zeigler, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, will discuss “The US Healthcare System and the Importance of Population Health.” Zeigler is the vice-chair of internal medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.
  • Nov. 4: Keith Hansen, M.D., will discuss “Infertility and Ethics.” Hansen is a professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and reproductive endocrinologist at Sanford Women's Health.
  • Nov. 11: Leigh Vicens, Ph.D., and Kenneth Hasseler, Ph.D., will discuss “Brain-Mind-Body-Soul: The Human Person.” Vicens is an assistant professor of philosophy at Augustana. Hasseler is specializing in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Avera Medical Group University Psychiatry Associates.
  • Nov. 18: Carol J. Cressman BSN, RN CPN, CCRN, will discuss “Organ Donation and Transplantation: A Story to Tell.” Cressman is the director of pediatrics, PICU, Pediatric Outpatients and Childlife Services at Sanford Children’s Hospital.