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2014 Medical Ethics Banquet

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Institute for Faith and Learning

Division of Constituent Engagement, Baylor University

McLennan County Medical Society

The Medical Humanities Program at Baylor University

Medical Ethics Banquet 2014: Web

"Faith in the Practice of Medicine: Why Religion Matters for the Decisions Physicians Face"

  • Friday, October 10, 2014
  • 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Baylor Club, McLane Stadium
  • Cost: $95 (includes meal & presentation)


This presentation will invite physicians to examine the foundation upon which ethical decision-making happens. Rather than basing medical decisions on Beauchamp and Childress' four well known principles (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice), Dr. Hall will appeal to a wider tradition (reaching from Plato and Aristotle to present day philosophers like MacIntyre and Anscombe) which recognizes that ethical decision-making rests not on disembodied theoretical principles, but on real and substantial communal practices. Although these practices can be embodied by any community, sacred or secular, religious communities remain an important source of these practices. Thus, contrary to a medical culture in which physicians have traditionally functioned independently under the minimal consensus of procedural ethics, Dr. Hall will show how physicians' communities can and do shape their moral imagination, guiding their understanding of virtue, right action and ethical practice--especially at those points where physicians must make the most difficult decisions.

As such, the challenge of integrating faith into the practice of medicine shifts away from concerns about whether or not such integration is justified toward more practical questions of how to negotiate the integration responsibly. Definitive resolution of these challenges is beyond the scope or ambition of this presentation, but Dr. Hall will endeavor to model the kind of conversation required to explore what it might mean for responsible Christians to practice medicine faithfully, and how that fidelity might stem from and lead to practices that are distinctly Christian.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Medical Association and McLennan County Medical Society. The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:

The Texas Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Evening Schedule

  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 6:45-7:30 Presentation--Daniel Hall
  • 7:30-8:00 Responses--Jackson Griggs and Tyler Couch
  • 8:00-8:30 Discussion


Medical Ethics Banquet 2014: Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall, M.D., M.Div., M.H.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital
Core Investigator, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

Dr. Hall earned degrees in medicine and theology from Yale University before completing his surgical training at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church with interests in the theology of medicine. He was the first John Templeton Fellow in Religion and Medicine at Duke University where his research focused on epistemology, moral philosophy, religious measurement, and the ways in which medical decision-making is influenced by religious and secular worldviews. He has published and lectured on ethics and the role religion plays in the context of clinical medicine. His clinical interests focus on both minimally invasive and emergency general surgery.

Medical Ethics Banquet 2014: Jackson Griggs

Jackson Griggs, M.D.
Associate Director and Family Medicine Faculty, McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation
Waco Family Practice Residency Program

Dr. Griggs is the associate director and faculty attending at the Waco Family Medicine Residency program. He studied English as an undergraduate at Abilene Christian University and subsequently received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. In addition to practicing and teaching in and out of the hospital, Dr. Griggs leads small groups of resident physicians in a reflective program that uses world literature and personal narrative to explore the meaning and values inherent in the practice of medicine. Dr. Griggs joined the Baylor Medical Humanities program as a clinical adjunct faculty in 2012.

Medical Ethics Banquet 2014: Tyler Couch

Tyler Couch
Student Respondent, Baylor University

Tyler Couch is a senior in the Honors College and Baylor Interdisciplinary Core pursuing a degree in biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. Additionally, he is a member of the William Carey Crane Scholars, a program sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning to foster reflection on the intersection of faith, scholarship, and vocation for a select group of Baylor's best and brightest students. Couch serves as director of Steppin' Out and leads the Baylor Hospital Ministry. He is a recipient of the Regent's Gold Scholarship and the Andres Sendon Spanish Achievement Scholarship, and in 2013 was named a Phi Beta Kappa Robinson Scholar.

Thank you for your interest. Registration has closed for this event. We hope that you will join us for our 2015 Medical Ethics Banquet.