Public Lecture: Conditions for Corrosion - Cultivating Hope as a Condition for Correction
Ask any physician about the state of health care today, and the prognosis will ostensibly be dismal. Although psychologists use the term ‘negativity bias’ for the human tendency to attend disproportionately to negative over positive information, the negativity that physicians feel toward the profession is no mere bias. Doctors regularly experience betrayal, brokenness, and moral injury. This paper seeks to push back against the negativity by taking up a version of the conference subtitle. It asks not ‘How are good health care workers made and lost?’, but rather, ‘How might good health care workers be revived?’ and answers this question through (1) a description of the conceptual relationship between hope and despair; (2) an account of hope and despair that draws from but is distinct from previous definitions; and (3) a case for medical practitioners to cultivate hope as a condition for correction rather than corrosion.
Date: 27 June 2023, 18:00 (Tuesday, 10th week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road OX1 3TD
Venue Details: Chapel
Speaker: Lydia Dugdale (Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons)
Organising department: Faculty of Theology and Religion
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Part of: McDonald Centre Annual Conference 2023 - Conditions for Corrosion: How Are Good Healthcare Practitioners Made and Lost?
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Belinda Clark