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Week of October 24, 2011

Prominent psychiatrist and ethicist to deliver annual Waggoner lecture

Medical residents face tremendous pressures during their professional development, enduring lengthy hours with little sleep as they work to meet the demands of clinical care, all while continuing to hone their skills and develop expertise in their chosen field.

Today’s physicians in training also increasingly are challenged by the convoluted web of ethical concerns pervading modern medicine — including issues related to informed consent, caring for vulnerable populations, and genetics — as they work to cultivate their own set of principles around ethics and professionalism, leaders say.

Dr. Laura Roberts, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, on Nov. 9 will present the 16th Annual Raymond W. Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry.

Roberts’ talk is entitled “In Becoming a Physician: Stresses and Strengths of Physicians in Training.” She will emphasize ethical considerations facing today’s medical trainees and those who guide them.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in Ford Auditorium on the second floor of University Hospital.

Roberts widely is recognized for her work on ethical issues and public policy pertaining to both clinical care and research science. She also is nationally renowned for her accomplishments as a mentor and educator of young scientists and clinicians, and has served as editor in chief of the journal Academic Psychiatry since 2003.

The Waggoner lectureship is named in honor of the late Dr. Raymond Waggoner, who died in 2000 at the age of 98. He was chair of the Department of Psychiatry for 33 years, from 1937 to 1970, and a dedicated leader of the American Psychiatric Association APA (president, 1969-70; Distinguished Service Award, 1988).

Waggoner was a noted U-M psychiatrist, medical administrator and government adviser. He was one of the first to see mental illness as both an emotional and physical problem. Since 1995, the U-M has held this annual lecture in honor of Waggoner’s strong interest and commitment to ethics and values.



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