Medical Ethics Seminar Will Be Hosted by Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning on Sept. 11

Sept. 8, 2015
FarrFarr Curlin, M.D.

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2015) — Baylor University’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will host the 2015 Baylor Medical Ethics Seminar at 6 p.m. Friday evening, Sept. 11, at the Baylor Club of McLane Stadium.

The seminar is open to physicians, health care administrators and chaplains as a forum to discuss ways the Christian faith might inform the practice of medicine, especially amid contemporary challenges. The annual seminar, begun in 2014, will address the question: “What does suffering have to do with the practice of medicine?”

The Texas Medical Association has designated the event for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with ethics designation.

Farr Curlin, M.D., the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities and co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke University will be the featured speaker. A palliative care physician, he holds appointments in Duke’s School of Medicine and Divinity School. His presentation will consider the difference that Christian faith makes in how medical practitioners understand and seek to relieve suffering.

“Baylor is honored to provide opportunities for medical practitioners to reflect upon the ways that Christian faith might shape the care they give to patients,” said Darin Davis, Ph.D., director of IFL and assistant professor of Christian philosophy and ethics at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. “Dr. Curlin’s presentation promises to help us all imagine the aims and limits of medical care and how, in the light of those limits, we might better understand the nature of suffering.”

“It is exciting to see Baylor partner with the local medical community and physician alumni to offer continuing medical education that addresses the spiritual challenges of physical illness for both patients and practitioners,” said Lauren Barron, M.D., clinical professor and associate director of Baylor’s Medical Humanities Program. “In my experience, clinicians are hungry to dialogue about spiritual matters with other physicians, and to be able to do this together with philosophers, theologians, and scholars from Baylor University is a very special opportunity.”

McLane Stadium is at 1001 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Limited seating is available for $95. For more information, visit To contact IFL, call 254-710-4805 or email


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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