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National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities


Venue: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

This conference is a biennial meeting for those committed to having dual training in clinical care and the social sciences and humanities inform each other in their academic work. This has historically provided a venue for graduates, trainees, and prospective students of MD-PhD training programs to build a community and present their research. This year it aims to expand to encompass scholars with a broader diversity of clinical training, including in nursing and social work, whose work also speaks to the core of this conference's organizing principle.

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The 2015 conference will explore the theme Policies and Politics of Care. Care lies at the core of a clinical relationship, but far from being an apolitical site of human compassion or technical skill, it is highly structured by broader social dynamics, market forces, and a (trans)national policy landscape. Hybrid identities as practitioners and researchers of care allow for a particular orientation toward care and caregiving, permitting one to tease out its historical and structural legacies, its lived experiential realities, the boundaries of its classification, and the aggregate effects of its policies on healthcare delivery, healthcare markets and health outcomes.