Conference on Human Values in Medicine Southwest Regional Institute
Pellegrino, Edmund D.
McElhinney, Thomas K.
The 1971 and 1972 sessions of the Institute on Human Values in Medicine were national conferences attended by humanists and medical educators who explored together ways in which human values could be studied in a meaningful, disciplined, relevant way as part of education in the health professions. Participants in these two meetings represented schools of liberal arts and schools of medicine, allied health, and nursing from many parts of the United States; but many other schools were not able to send representatives in either 1971 or 1972. Although a variety of reasons prevented their participation, an especially common obstacle was geography: the east-coast location of both sessions made it difficult for many interested individuals to attend. A welcome opportunity to alter this situation arose for the Institute when the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston offered to host and co-sponsor the Southwest Regional Institute on Human Values in Medicine in October, 1973.
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