2018 Annual Educational Conference
September 20-22, 2018
Restoring Healthcare In A Technocratic Age: Building Parallel Structures to Deliver Compassionate Care
Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001
We are all called, as physicians and healthcare providers, to practice medicine in accord with reason, evidence and the teachings of Christ promulgated by His Holy Church. At our best we try to see the face of Christ in the patients we care for, often in difficult circumstances. Cultural influences can make this difficult at times; John Paul II’s “Culture of Death,” Benedict XVI’s “Dictatorship of Relativism,” and Francis’ “Throwaway Culture” brilliantly capture many of the challenges we face in our vocation of caring for the sick and suffering.
The term “technocracy” has been used to describe a state of affairs wherein technologies become ends in themselves rather then serving the proper end of the human person. Genetic, pharmacologic, mechanical and managerial technologies are all necessary in medicine and generally serve the needs of the patient. There is a danger however that these technologies become ends in themselves, or, worse, as has happened historically, serve ends not related to good patient care.
Our conference seeks to look at the ways in which we healthcare providers can best serve our patients in the face of technocratic challenges. We hope to provide encouragement and strategies to those serving patients to always keep the good of the patient as the top priority. Some practitioners have focused on developing parallel structures, structures that seek to support and integrate with current structures in providing care for our patients. Thus there will be presentations on new practice delivery models as well as novel reimbursement models. There will also be presentations on providing good, compassionate care within currently existing practice models. Our focus will be to alway make the good of the patient our priority.
With hearts and minds lifted up in prayer, we will ask for the grace to see past our computer screens, past our administrative and clerical burdens and into the face of Christ in each of our patients. We will strive together to love and serve, and explore influences that impede us, and how to best overcome these. Above all, we will encourage each other in the pursuit of virtue, in communion with Christ and His Church, in serving all of our patients.
The patron saints of our conference are St. John Paul II and Mother Teresa, who exemplified a commitment to serving Christ in the suffering, confident in the truth of His teaching and love.
The Christian Medical & Dental Associations designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. 12.00 Credits for the Conference. 7.75 Credits for the End of Life Forum and 2.25 Credits for the NFP Forum. The End of Life Forum and NFP Forum are scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th and an additional registration fee is required. You cannot attend both events.