Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

News and Events

Bettye Rose Connell Memorial Lecture "COVID-19 and U.S. Nursing Homes: Implications for the Future" September 28, 6 - 7:30 pm

Vincent Mor, Ph.D. is the Florence Pirce Grant Professor of Community Health at Brown University School of Public Health and a Research Health Scientist in the health services research service at the Providence VA Medical Center. He has been the Principal Investigator of over 40 NIH-funded grants focusing on the use of health services and the outcomes that frail and chronically ill persons experience.

William T. Branch Jr. Innovations in Primary Care Lecture "Realizing Our Potential as Healers: Professional Identity Formation" October 5, 2021, 7-8 pm ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed innumerable challenges to healthcare professions. We find ourselves struggling to be resilient while maintaining our humanism and professionalism. Dr. Novack will describe how focusing on professional identity formation is critical for the personal growth of healthcare professionals and trainees particularly in times of healthcare crisis. He will also share best practices for achieving the personal growth that supports professional identity formation and sustains us as professional, humanistic leaders.

Dennis H. Novack, M.D. is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Medical Education at Drexel University College of Medicine, where he directs clinical skills teaching and assessment. He has expertise in teaching medical interviewing, biopsychosocial aspects of care, self-awareness, and professionalism. He was one of the founders of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, is a past president of the American Psychosomatic Society, and is President-Elect of the Academy of Professionalism in Healthcare. He is Chief Editor of DocCom and, online resources for learning communication skills and professionalism in healthcare education.