Moral Courage: An Unsung Resource for Optimizing Health Care Practices
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom
Ruth B. Purtilo, PhD, FAPTA
Professor emerita, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston
Moral courage most often is treated as a moral trait of individuals who speak up, step out or stand firm in situations that threaten moral values. But seldom do we view how it functions to help transform individual situations or alter basic institutional practices. In this lecture five "constituents of courage" that can act as guides promoting purposive action for the common good in health care settings and the role of spiritual formation as an aspect of empowerment for moral courage are presented for reflection and discussion.
Following the lecture, join us for the unveiling and book signing of the second edition of Contemporary Health Care Ethics. The book is coauthored by David F. Kelly, Dr. Gerard Magill, Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law, and Dr. Henk ten Have, director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics.