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September 18, 2004
Revolutionizing Healthcare in the 21st Century: A Values-Based Approach

This was a half-day symposium for healthcare professionals. It was held at Fordham University in New York City. The symposium was sponsored by the Point of Life Foundation, and co-sponsored by the Fordham University Psychology Department, and Doctors for Global Health.

The program’s aim was to:

  • explore the core values that form the basis of our professional practices, and identify effective strategies to integrate these values back into the work we do
  • to examine how integrating these values into our practices protects the integrity of both the recipients, and the care providers
  • to review case studies that demonstrate how professional role definitions, work structure and professional ethics, can undermine or promote values-based actions
  • to discover how others in the field are incorporating values into their work, even in the most challenging situations

It was the first such healthcare program done in collaboration with others, and was very well received. Participants had the opportunity to look at where we began in healthcare, where we are now, where we have to go, and how we can get there. 

Key presenters included Dr. Ann Higgins-D’Allessandro, PhD, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Fordham University; Kala Iyengar, MD, Director, Point of Life Foundation; Ed Wondolowski, MBA, Professor Emeritus of Management, Bentley Business College; Lanny Smith, MD, MHP, DTM&H, Global Health Advisor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine in Residency Program in Social Medicine and Primary Care, Montefiore Medical Center.


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