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Professor to deliver two talks on health care and the humanities in October

Nicole Piemonte, PhDPhysicians treating the physical body are just scratching the surface of all it means to be human.

It's something urgent Nicole Piemonte, PhD, has to say to health professionals from her post as an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education and at the Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Regional Campus, where she specializes in medical humanities and also serves as an assistant dean for medical education. Piemonte will bring the message to Omaha in October in two lectures.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, Piemonte will present a free, public talk titled "Humanities and the Health Professions: What Medicine Can Teach Us About Being Human," at 7 p.m., in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus. A book signing will take place after the lecture and books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m., at the CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, Piemonte will address physicians and other health professionals and students in a lecture titled "What Med School Never Taught You: Confronting Vulnerability and Suffering in Medical Practice." The lecture offers one continuing education credit.

With a doctorate in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Piemonte studied continental philosophy, medical ethics, literature and medicine, and medical epistemology. Her teaching and research focus broadly on questions about illness, mortality and compassion - and how lived experiences of vulnerability and suffering can contribute to the development of the (medical) self.

Piemonte is the author of Afflicted: How Vulnerability Can Heal Medical Education and Practice (MIT Press, 2018), one of the initial selections for Creighton's newly established Kingfisher Institute reading groups. She is also at work on a second book on death and dying for the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series.


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