2021 Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

This lectureship is sponsored by Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in honor of Dr. Allen Boyden, a renowned leader and surgeon who promoted holistic approaches to and excellence in patient care.

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Molly Osborne

Featured speaker: Molly Osborne, M.D., PhD

Dr. Osborne is Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Integrated Ethics Program Officer, VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS.) She was Associate Dean of Student Affairs from 1997-2015 and remains in leadership positions at both the Veterans Administration and the American Thoracic Society (ATS). 

More recently she has collaborated on graphic narrative vignettes and teaching tools for medical bioethics, with two publications in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The success of this graphic narrative method of education has led to multiple presentations at OHSU, the Statewide Kinsman Conference, Penn State, and the OHSU Educators Collaborative. With her international collaborators, she has a book contract from Penn State University Press to create eight original graphic narratives tentatively entitled Graphic Ethics.

Graphic Medical Education: One ICU Doctor’s Use of Comics to Humanize the Medical Experience
Medical Grand Rounds
Tues., Feb 23, 8-9 a.m. | Teams Live Event
Drawing upon her own experience as a critical care physician and medical educator, Dr. Osborne will discuss the important role comics can play in examining health and illness from the perspectives of the patient, the caregiver, and the provider. Participants will be introduced to educational resources that can lead to improved communication and patient care.

From AIDS and EBOLA to COVID-19
Open Forum
Tues., Feb 23, 12-1 p.m. | Teams Live Event 
Dr. Osborne will describe the evolution of recent pandemics, along with notable themes that have emerged, particularly as they relate to COVID-19. Using bioethical principles as a lens, she will examine the complex ethical challenges that accompany pandemics, including the allocation of scarce resources and principles of equity in caring for these patients.


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Donations to support this lectureship are gratefully accepted through Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation.


Continuing education credit

These educational offerings have been approved for Nursing contact hours and AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Providence Health & Services - Northern Oregon Region is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.