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Daniel Bisno Ethics in Medicine Lecture: 'If “Competence” Is The Answer…Have We Asked The Right Question?'

Friday, March 6 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bernard Becker Medical Library, The King Center, 7th Floor

660 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

People Interested (4)

Paul Schultz Audrey Coolman brinkhorstm Sarah Elizabeth Stoeckl

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In education, regulation, professional development, and practice, “competence” has become the dominant way of thinking about the work of health care providers. The philosopher Kenneth Burke has noted that “every way of seeing is also a way of NOT seeing something else.” With the time and attention we have dedicated to teaching, assessing, measuring, and reporting on competence, what are we missing? While competence is a reasonable goal for professional practice - is there something else we are overlooking? This presentation will review current thinking regarding competency in the education and practice of health professions and present alternative viewpoints for better understanding the complex reality of professional practice and personal fulfillment. Lunch provided to those who RSVP.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


School of Medicine


Medicine & Health


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Event Contact

Emily Schenk | eschenk@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Zubin Austin is a professor and the Koffler Chair in Management at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation - Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a world-renowned expert in the area of maintaining and assessing competency. Read more online

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