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Exploring the Dynamics of Hope: Perspectives in Healthcare and Everyday Life

Sunday May 5 at 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

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As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Razan Baabdullah has thought about what hope means for her, her patients, and her team during tough times. So, she wrote a piece about hope. Join her for a conversation on hope, optimism, honesty, and agency in healthcare and everyday life.

Hope, often conflated with optimism, can guide us through tough times, whether we’re in a hospital or dealing with life’s ups and downs. Hope can affect the decisions we make and helps us bounce back from challenges, shaping our outlook on life and our ability to take control. But wait, can hope do all of that? That is what we will be discussing in this salon.

We will also explore the ethical dilemmas healthcare providers face when balancing hope with honesty in healthcare, and how they navigate these tough choices in their everyday work, mirroring decisions we all make in tough situations.

Questions to think about that we will discuss:

  • What is the difference between hope and optimism, and how do they play out when facing tough or uncertain circumstances?
  • How does hope influence the choices we make overall, and specifically in healthcare, such as when discussing prognosis and supporting patient wellness?
  • How do hope, quality of life, agency, and pleasure connect, especially when dealing with challenges?
  • What ethical questions arise when weighing the line between providing hope and conveying realistic prognoses to patients in medical settings, and how should healthcare professionals handle this complex dilemma in their everyday practice?

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The silver lining: the joie de vivre (Razan Baabdullah)



Sunday May 5
10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
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FREE (members only)