Forum Theatre and Talk on Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago

2:00–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


The forum theatre build off the workshop by The Bucksbaum Institute of the University of Chicago, and the Medical Humanities Group of the University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi aim to humanise health education and patient care through the medical humanities.

The first session of the public event was use Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to present unfinished stories of ethical and existential dilemmas in short plays of 5 to 10 minutes each. Innovative approaches was employed in an effort to speak “with” rather than “to” the participants, thereby empowering them to share their deepest thoughts and insights to explore ethics and humanities in medicine.

The second session focused on a talk on "Applying Medical Humanism in Patient Care", by Dr. Monica Peek who is an an Associate Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, where she provided clinical care, teaches and does health services research in the area of health disparities. Dr. Peek is also the Associate Director of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, where she heads the Health Disparities and Community-Based Participatory Research Core. She is an inaugural faculty fellow of the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, whose goal is to promote positive patient/physician relationships. Dr. Peek is the Director of Research at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and the Executive Medical Director of Community Health Innovation for the University of Chicago Medicine. As a 2015 Greenwall Faculty Scholar, Dr. Peek is exploring shared decision-making between African-Americans and their healthcare providers. Dr. Peek received her MD and MPH from The Johns Hopkins University and her MSc from the University of Chicago.