The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities

The Department of Humanities at University of the Sciences presents the 2018 Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities:

Linguistic Competency in Medicine: Language, Culture, and Communication

Pilar Ortegaby Pilar Ortega, MD
Emergency Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, November 29, 2018
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Griffith Hall, Lecture Hall A

Increasingly, scholars and clinicians recognize improved communication in medical care—physicians and patients speaking the same language—as an important factor in patient and provider satisfaction, quality of care, decreased medical error, and improved patient outcomes. Although the U.S. is among the top five nations with Spanish speakers, we have neither standardized or incentivized physician second language acquisition. Dr. Ortega will discuss her approach to cultural and linguistic competency in medicine, with a focus on a new initiative for standardizing Medical Spanish education in the U.S. through interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international collaborations. Dr. Ortega's approach calls for a reframing of linguistic diversity and multilingualism in medical education as a necessary step in achieving excellence and quality assurance in medical care.

Free and open to the public

The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities was endowed by Bernard Malis, who graduated from PCPS in 1944 with a BS in pharmacy and in 1947 with an MS in pharmacy. He was a consultant in pharmacology and public health, and was chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club. In 1989, Malis was elected a fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

Previous Speakers

2017
Perils and Possibilities of Neural Stem Cell Research – To Graft or Not to Graft?
Mark Greene, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Delaware
2016

From Bettelheim to Brick: Changing Narratives of Autism in Popular Culture
Bruce Henderson, PhD
Professor of Communication Studies, Ithaca College, and Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communications, Villanova University

2015
The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America
Arnold R. Eiser, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine Drexel University College of Medicine

2012
The Language of Disease: Newspapers & the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Tom Ewing, PhD

2011
A Personal Study in Resilience: Healing after the Holocaust
Henri Parens, MD

2010
Before You Call the Roller of Big Cigars: Poetry and Medicine at the End of Life
Michael Gloth, III, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD 
Director of Geriatrics Ambulatory Services at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes

2008
From Creeks to Sewers
Adam Levine

Contact:

Dr. Kevin Murphy

Phone:

215-596-8895

Email:

k.murphy@usciences.edu