As former students of McMaster University, Henry and Sylvia Wong believe it is one of the best schools in the world, and have provided the financial support to establish an annual forum for the advancement of research and public education in medicine. Dr. Wong, who was part of the second MD class to graduate from McMaster in 1973, said he and his wife established the forum in repayment of both the education and enjoyment they had as McMaster students. Mrs. Wong graduated in 1969 with a BA in psychology, and worked in the Health Sciences library. The couple now lives in California.
"I really enjoyed the problem-based learning method, where we used our leaders as resources, and studied on our own and with the help of fellow students in small groups," said Dr. Wong. "We wanted to set up an annual lecture that would enhance our university."
MARK YOUR CALENDARS !
2017 WONG Forum in Medicine
Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
David Braley Health Sciences Centre (2nd floor lecture theatre)
100 Main Street West (corner of Main and Bay Street)
Reception @ 5:30 p.m. (outside lecture room)
This year's Guest Speaker will be:
Dr. Ellen Amster, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine
Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Department of History, McMaster University
Talk abstract: We are experiencing an existential crisis in medicine. A crisis of meaning manifests as physician discomfort with evidence-based medicine,
and clinician ambivalence over empathy for the patient and the self.
In this talk, we return to the social and historical origins of medicine
to make visible three truths about the metaphysics of healing and the
relationship of the physician to society.
A clue is to be found in the history of EBM at McMaster University and
the work of David Sackett, who drew ideas from the novel Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. Medicine touches the foundation
of the human; the humanities offer a way of returning to this basic
reality, of seeing ourselves and the meaning of our medical practice.
- Understand the physician's role in history, society, and cosmology
- Explore the metaphysics of healing and medicine
- Brief introduction to the history of medicine, medical anthropology, graphic medicine, literature and medicine
- Consider the humanities as a set of tools for medical innovation, education, clinical care, and self care
Wong Forum Flyers
To view past speakers, please click on the individual flyer below.