2021 Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

This lectureship is sponsored by Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in honor of two Providence St. Vincent Medical Center physicians, Robert Goldman, M.D. and John Berland, M.D.

Tuesday, May 18

Sunita Puri, MD MA speaks on how to have high-stakes discussions with patients, families and colleagues and writing the experience of medicine.

Featured speaker

Sunita Puri, MD

Sunita Puri, MD MA

Dr. Puri is Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as chair of the Ethics Committee. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Puri believes that teaching primary palliative medicine across medical disciplines is essential to meet the growing need for palliative medicine in our country. She is committed to developing creative approaches to teaching advanced communication skills and symptom management. The recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Her debut book, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, was published in 2019.


Reclaiming Language to Reclaim the Practice of Medicine

Medical Grand Rounds | 8-9 a.m. | MS Teams

Dr. Puri will explore how thinking of  language as a tool, and communication as a procedure, can improve the approach to family meetings to discuss subjects ranging from breaking difficult news to discussing end of life care. She will draw upon both medical literature and fiction/nonfiction to illustrate helpful and unhelpful approaches to having high-stakes discussions with patients, families and colleagues.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Writing the Experience of Medicine

Open Forum | 12-1 p.m. | MS Teams

In this workshop-style talk, Dr. Puri will offer the tool of writing to allow for meaningful reflection on the challenges and joys of practicing medicine today. She will have participants read a short, incisive piece of literature then ask them to write a reflective piece in a similar style to the one read. There will be discussion on the impact of writing about and sharing experiences of caring for patients.


For hearing or vision assistance, or for general questions, please contact Christianna Henkel by email or call 503-216-1906.

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

Continuing Education Credit

These live educational offerings have been approved for 1.0 Nursing contact hours and AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Providence St. Joseph Health Nursing Institute is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Providence Oregon Region is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.