Questions about transplant candidate suitability and priority made headlines earlier this year, when 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan's parents went to court (and to the media) to request that their daughter, dying of cystic fibrosis, be placed on the eligibility list for a lung transplant. The court's decision, UNOS's followup (Sarah got a new, fictitious birthdate to qualify to receive adult lungs), and Sarah's two double-lung procedures galvanized the transplant community, bioethicists, policymakers, and the public alike.
Even as efforts continue to increase the organ supply, what should we do about our allocation systems? In this Medical Center Hour, three experts engage the medical, legal, and ethical questions raised by the Sarah Murnaghan case.
Co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life
A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
Many doctors have also been celebrated writers, from Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, and William Carlos Williams to Perri Klass, Atul Gawande, and Maxim Osipov. The reading public (including other doctors) eagerly devours what doctors write, not least in hopes of glimpsing what makes physicians tick, as persons, as healers. But why do doctors write? In this Medical Center Hour, three of UVA's own accomplished physician writers respond, in their own inimitable words.
An Ellis C. Moore Memorial Lecture
Theresa Brown became a nurse-who-writes quite accidentally: she had a bad experience at work, wrote it down, and sent what she'd written to the New York Times. To her surprise, the newspaper published it, to great acclaim. From that column came the contract for Ms. Brown's first book, Critical Care, and she also began writing regularly for the Times, proud to have this chance to give voice to the often under-recognized nursing profession.
Only lately, though, while writing her second book, The Shift, did Ms. Brown realize not just how much her nursing gives shape to her writing, but also how her writing influences her nursing. There's much to mull over in health care and usually not much time to do that. Writing forces Ms. Brown to reflect. She learns both positives and negatives about her nursing work in the process of putting that work into words. In this Medical Center Hour, Ms. Brown talks about how writing, which she loves, makes her a better nurse.
The Catherine Strader McGehee Memorial Lecture of the School of Nursing
Co-presented with the School of Nursing, the Virginia Festival of the Book, and Hospital Drive