27th National Conference First Day’s Breakout Session Topic (Monday, April 4, 2016)

On Monday morning, April 4, 2016, at Dondero’s Restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, the breakfast breakout groups will assemble. 

The assigned topic for discussion is the following quote from the Second Charles E. Odegaard Lecture, presented by Doctor J. Jerry Rodos (1933-2016) April 8, 1995 at the Sixth National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, held at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Avon, Colorado.

Dr Rodos will be memorialized in the plenary session later that morning.

For the lecture in its entirety, see The Second Charles E. Odegaard Lecture by J. Jerry Rodos, DO, D.Sc.

Jerry Rodos, DO
Jerry Rodos, DO

“It is proposed that medical schools assume the responsibility for instruction in the humanities and that it be done in a clinical context – that the Department of Humanities, if one is created, become a clinical department. What a wonderful way, by the way, to teach history taking, to teach a whole other group of activities as some of us have had the opportunity to do in our medical curriculums.

“To set the tone for the rest of the curriculum, it would seem relevant to begin with the study of intact man and human life before he is taken apart and his component parts scattered among the disciplines for minute study. This would establish human organisms and human lives and human values as the context in which the components function and in which the components collectively make possible. Is it not ironic from this viewpoint that a profession dedicated to the enhancement to the quality of life should begin training with the inert pickled remains of life and that the training should be regarded as well begun when those remnants have been reduced to disposable rubble?

“Most of our knowledge about man’s component parts and processes at levels extending from molecule to the organ system has come from the study of lower animals and mammals in particular. At these levels, human organisms differ hardly at all from other mammals. Nevertheless, man is a totally different organism, living a totally different life, in man-made and man-transformed environments, with hand-me-down biological machinery that evolved under circumstances vastly different from those of human life.”

The Assigned Discussion Groups

Group One (Pugno, Lead; Burnett (WH), Scribe; Burnett (Lee), Burnett (WJ), LeRoy, Ross)

Group Two (Babitz, Lead; Webster, Scribe; Carriedo, Chiang, Geyman, Renteria)

Group Three (Christman, Lead; Goodman, Scribe; Clarke, Norris, Sundwall)

Group Four (Flinders, Lead; Rush-Kolodzey, Scribe; Allen, Crawford, Kahn, Woolsey)

Group Five (Frey, Lead; Lee, Scribe; Baird, Flores, Schwartz)

Group Six (Hansen, Lead; Erickson, Scribe; Bejinez-Eastman, McGaha, Osborn)

Group Seven (Hara, Lead; Boltri, Scribe; Fowkes, Herman, Means, Smith)

Group Eight (Haughton, Lead; Norcross, Scribe; Buller, Freeman, Partlow, Spalding)