She will also be giving a keynote address on ‘Learning from dying: what my patients have taught me about religion and spirituality’.
Dr Block is chair of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care, and professor of psychiatry and medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Throughout her career, Dr Block has had a strong interest in improving care of patients with life-threatening illness and in medical education reform. She has been a leader in the development of the field of palliative medicine in the US and has developed innovative, nationally-recognized, educational programs for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
Dr Block runs national and international faculty development programs for palliative care clinicians that have trained more than 700 physicians from around the world, is active in research focused on mental health, communication, bereavement, cancer outcomes, and on medical education, teaches and consults internationally, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions as a leader, educator, and mentor.
HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare through providing professional chaplaincy services, education and research. Further information on the organisation and the convocation are available in its website.