One Community/One Book

Announcing: Community Discussions in Social Justice: Black Man in a White Coat

Cover of Book: Black Man in a White Coat

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library have chosen Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD, JD as the basis for a Community Discussions in Social Justice Project. Dr. Tweedy will present the Frank Bryant Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics on April 19, 2016 at 12 noon in the Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, followed by a reception and book-signing at 1:00 pm.

The Library will support book discussion groups and community dialogue leading up to Dr. Tweedy’s visit to campus. For more information, visit the Community Discussions in Social Justice website.

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Damon Tweedy, MD Speaks at UT Health Science Center

Photograph of Dr. Damon Tweedy Delivering the Frank Bryant Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics

On April 19, 2016, a crowd of 500 enthusiastic attendees from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the greater San Antonio community gathered in the Holly Auditorium to hear Damon Tweedy, MD deliver the Frank Bryant Jr, MD Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics. Dr Tweedy is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff physician at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Author of Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, Dr. Tweedy shared his personal experiences as one of very few African American medical students, interns, and residents at Duke University Medical School and Hospital. He also discussed the causes of health disparities, especially in African American communities, and explored why “being black can be bad for your health.”

Prior to his presentation, Damon Tweedy, MD met with leaders from the Student National Medical Association and members of the Student Advisory Council from the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. Following his lecture, Dr. Tweedy signed copies of his book for members of the audience for an hour and a half!

Dr. Damon Tweedy at the Book Signing

Photographs ©2016 Creative Media Services, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Community Discussions in Social Justice is a project of The Libraries and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics. This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Dr. Victoria Sweet to Speak March 17

Photograph of Dr. Victoria Sweet

This year’s One Community One Book author Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD will be on campus March 17 to present the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm in the Holly Auditorium lobby, followed by her presentation in the auditorium at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In her book, God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medical practice. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

Register for this event at https://www.texashumanities.org/.

For more information on One Community One Book, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.

One Community One Book 2016 Selection: God’s Hotel

“Others have written about the relationship between time and medical care with similar eloquence and urgency, but the centuries of perspective that Dr. Sweet brings infuse the point with unforgettable clarity. Sick people need time, she demonstrates repeatedly, and their doctors do, too.”                                                                                                                                                                                                             –A Hospital That Gave Its Patients Time to Heal

Cover Photograph of God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

The Briscoe Library in collaboration with the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics has chosen God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine as a 2016 One Community/One Book selection. The book’s author Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD will present the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Lecture on the evening of March 17, 2016 in the Holly Auditorium. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the author’s presentation at 6:00 pm and a book signing to follow at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. Following her BS in Mathematics from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Dr. Sweet earned an MA and a PhD in the History of the Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on the 12th-century German abbess, composer, theologian, visionary, and medical practitioner Hildegard von Bingen.

In God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine, the author weaves stories of her experiences caring for patients at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in the country, with her studies of medieval medicine. In the process, Dr. Sweet comes to appreciate the importance of slow medicine and the efficiency of inefficiency.

The Briscoe Library will hold a kick-off event and workshop on February 2, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Howe Conference Room, Briscoe Library 5th floor, to support book discussion group leaders and to encourage conversation. This event is open to faculty, staff, and students of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, as well as members of the broader community, who are interested in planning a book discussion opportunity. Register Here. Book discussions will then be held throughout February and March, leading up to Dr. Sweet’s visit to campus on March 17, 2016.

For more information, please visit the One Community/One Book 2016: God’s Hotel website or contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at finnie@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-2406.