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Professional Virtues in Modern Medicine Conference

Scarman House, University of Warwick, 2 November 2018

Following last year’s highly successful workshop on Professional Vices in Modern Medicine, this event will focus on the professional virtues that are especially relevant to the practice of medicine. Sir James Howie, former President of the British Medical Association, once observed that his teachers had laid before him ‘not a mere catalogue of medical facts and opinions, but a daily demonstration of the importance of medical virtues in action’. For Howie, it is worth going into what these virtues are not because the medical profession has lost them but because we need to know them better in order to cultivate them.

This workshop will bring together a distinguished group of doctors and philosophers to reflect on what the medical virtues might be, why they are important, and how they can be cultivated. Particular attention will be paid to the possibility that generalist medical care has its own distinctive virtues. These can only be understood given a satisfactory understanding of the nature and purpose of generalist care, as distinct from specialist care.

As well as talks by invited speakers, this event will also feature a GP Roundtable, to which workshop participants who are also GPs will be invited to contribute. The aim of the roundtable will be to develop a deeper understanding of what makes a professionally virtuous and effective GP.

Workshop contributors will include:

• Quassim Cassam (Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick)
• Avril Danzcak (GP/ Primary Care Medical Educator)
• Chris Dowrick (Professor of Primary Medical Care, University of Liverpool)
• Sam Gallivan (Orthopaedic Surgeon and post-CCT Fellow)
• Kamila Hawthorne (Vice Chair, Professional Development, RCGP)
• Iona Heath (Past President, RCGP)
• Sabena Jameel (Associate Dean GP Education, Health Education England)
• Joanne Reeve (Professor of Primary Care Research, Hull York Medical School)
• Demian Whiting (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Hull York Medical School)

The event, which is funded by a grant from Warwick Ventures, will run from 9.30 am to 5 pm. There is no registration fee but space is limited. Lunch will be provided. To book a place please email the organiser Quassim Cassam on q.Cassam@warwick.ac.uk.