MedConference 2019

October 25-27, 2019

“If I were sick, would I want this person to come into my room as my physician?” This is how Andrew Frantz, MD, the Dean of admissions at the Columbia University Medical School (1981–2010) explained his criteria for admission. Now, how can we reach this level of trust? Health professionals and patients alike move through hope and despair, as they face sickness and death. Trust is fundamental, yet contemporary medicine has seen a steep decline in medical trust.

This year’s theme focuses on two types of risk. On one hand, patients risk in entrusting themselves in the hands of physicians, nurses and medical professionals. On the other hand, medical professionals also need to risk while attending and providing medical care to their patients. The 2019 MedConference will review the historical roots of the decline of moral authority in western medicine, and the alleged growing power of medical science over life and death. We will consider the dynamic and benefit of establishing partnership and sharing decisions among medical professionals and patients. We will discuss these issues in the context of mental health and end-of-life care.

Join us at the 2019 MedConference for three days of meetings and presentations from national and international speakers.

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The core of the medical profession—the relationship between patient and caregiver—is too often reduced to a mechanical process. The very nature of medical care is at risk, because the care of the patient is reduced to the cure of solely his or her physical being.

However, in front of sickness and death patients are confronted with critical questions, regardless of the outcome of their particular situation: Will I be healed? What is the meaning of this illness? Why is there pain and death? Equally critical questions are faced by medical professionals: Why is it worthwhile to be a doctor or a nurse today? What is at the heart of being a truly human health care professional? What is it that a patient ultimately asks of a caregiver?

The MedConference proposes that the specific mission of the medical profession includes 3 main objectives: to cure the patient or at least to attempt to prevent further development of the disease, to alleviate the associated painful symptoms, especially in the advanced stages of illness, and to attend to all the sick person’s needs and expectations.

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The mission of AAMP is to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue among medical professionals – physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, scientists, and students – with the aim of building a culture that affirms the dignity of the human person in medical practice.

AAMP will carry out its mission first of all by taking on the planning and organizing the annual MedConference, which started in 2009. The aim of the MedConference is to rebuild a health care system characterized by cutting edge scientific and clinical research along with attention to the totality of the needs of the sick person. Our hope and goal is to restore a more human approach to each patient’s care in order to improve medical care. This conference is an educational opportunity for students and all health care professionals to re-awaken and refresh the ideals that originally lead them to embrace the medical profession and therefore to deepen in their humanity as they carry out their medical practice.

By means of panel discussions, conferences, lectures, seminars and other scientific events, AAMP would like to provide a meeting place where health care professionals can come to dialogue and gain professional credits to rebuild a person­-oriented health care.

The American Association of Medicine and the Person (AAMP) was established on May 10, 2011 as a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit public benefit corporation according to the laws of the State of New York.