Healing through Humanism Film Series at OLLI at UTMB Health

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Dr. Meredith Masel of UTMB’s Oliver Center for Patient Safety & Quality HealthcareDr. Meredith Masel of UTMB’s Oliver Center for Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare is bringing the film series Healing through Humanism to OLLI at UTMB Health, Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, OLLI Suite B101! The good news is that it is free to OLLI members and free and open to the public, so you can bring a friend. Each week a film will provide the basis for thoughtful discussions facilitated by Dr. Masel. Attend as many sessions as you can or choose only one or two. There is no charge but please reserve space today by phoning 409.763.5604 to ensure adequate seating for all. This series is free so we hope you’ll join us.

Part 1: Journey to Healing
Tuesday, July 8, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Dr. Bruce Chabner introduces the Journey to Healing, discusses the role of Humanism in Medicine and its significance both in healing and self-healing. Discussion includes exploring the human side of tragedy and loss, insights into the problems of doctors’ depersonalization and burnout, and the significance of psychological self-healing for both doctors and patients.

Part 2: Sharing the Illness Experience
Tuesday, July 15, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Doctors describe their own experience of illness, and the inadequacy of medical training in understanding and treating patients’ physical and mental suffering. They will explore the concept that learning the art of treating the whole person can lead to much greater meaning and satisfaction for both doctors and patients.

Part 3: The Search for Inner Strength
Tuesday, July 22, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Excerpts include Maestro Christoph Eschenbach discussing his personal story of coming to feel better out of despair and talks about reconnection with the natural world.  Dr. Richard O’Reilly talks about the hardships of practicing pediatric oncology and how he uses music to heal himself.

Part 4: Confronting Despair: The Doctor and the Patient
Tuesday, August 5, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
This film focuses on the end of Mahler’s life, his awareness of his own mortality, his self-expression, and his coming out of fear. Eschenbach from Part 3 talks about the torments of life and the search for a higher power, and the power to heal oneself. Dr. Balfour Mount discusses “death anxiety,” and the battle between ego and acceptance.

Part 5: All Real Living is Meeting
Tuesday, August 12, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
This uplifting conclusion follow’s Victor Frankl’s story where he learned that man can find meaning and fulfillment through serving a cause greater than himself, through loving a person other than himself, and through facing obstacles with dignity.

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  • The film series, hosted by OLLI at UTMB Health will be held at:

    Galveston Island Community Center
    4700 Broadway
    OLLI Suite B101
    Galveston, TX 77550
    There is ample free parking and the building is fully accessible.

    Come to one or all films.  Each session is FREE but pre-registration is required.

    To pre-register or for questions, phone 409.763.5604 or email either address below:
    Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D., Founding Director msierpin@utmb.edu or
    Julia Sherrod, Business Coordinator jsherrod@utmb.edu


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