BUSPH Co-Hosts International Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics June 28-30

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June 4th, 2010

On June 28-30, Boston University School of Public Health will co-host the eighth annual Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) Conference.


COMET brings together healthcare practitioners, public health professionals and researchers from a wide range of social science disciplines concerned with issues of communication and ethics in the fields of health care and the human and social sciences. This is the first time COMET has been held in the United States.

“We’re really excited to bring this interdisciplinary, international conference to BU,” said COMET Chair Barbara Bokhour, who is also associate professor of health policy and management at BUSPH. “Communication is at the core of providing ethical patient-centered care, an imperative in today’s clinical world.”

The conference, which is also being sponsored by BU College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, will take place over three days with a program including oral presentations, eight colloquia, a poster session and a Works-in-Progress roundtable discussions. Topics include patient-provider communication, telemedicine, ethics and medical education. The conference will also host three plenary sessions. A conference dinner will be held on June 29 honoring Elliot Mishler, professor of social psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

For those who are interested in attending, there is still time to register online. There is a reduced registration fee for students and a one-day registration rate is also offered for those who cannot attend the entire program.

Register online.

The plenary speakers are:

Dr. Debra Roter is a professor of health, behavior and society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her primary research focus is in the study of patient-health care provider communication. (Monday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Dr. Clarence Braddock is a professor of medicine and associate dean for medical dducation at Stanford University School of Medicine (Tuesday, June 29 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.) His main research interests include in physician-patient communication and informed decision-making. (Tuesday, June 29, 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m.)

Dr. Alan Radley is a professor of social psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He is founding editor of the journal Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine. His main research interest has been the experience of chronic illness. (Wednesday, June 30, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)

For more information about the conference, registration and schedule visit the COMET 2010 website at www.bu.edu/comet or email comet@bu.edu .