Medical Decision Making and You

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

FREE LECTURE:      Medical Decision Making and You

Best-selling author Jerome Groopman, MD, and noted endocrinologist Pamela Hartzband, MD, will share their insight and provide an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decisions at a free lecture April 1. 

To attend the lecture, RSVP to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Special Events Office, by March 28.

A boxed lunch is included.

The lecture is sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in conjunction with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

DATE/TIME:            Tuesday, April 1, noon 

COST:                      Free, a boxed lunch is included

LOCATION:             DuVal Auditorium, UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Dr. Pamela Hartsband and Dr. Jerome Groopman Jerome Groopman, MD, a writer for New Yorker and best-selling author, is an oncologist who guides his patients through life-or-death decisions.  Pamela Hartzband, MD is a noted endocrinologist and educator at Harvard Medical School who helps patients make critical decisions about their long-term health. 

Together, they will be sharing medical insights during a free public lecture that aims to empower patients to become active participants, indeed negotiators, in decisions about their health.  

Their book, "Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You," renders the groundbreaking message: you can cut through the confusion and arrive at decisions that serve you best.

“Your Medical Mind,” a kind of sequel to Dr. Groopman’s 2007 best seller, “How Doctors Think,” explores the complexity of medical decisions with its numerous unknowns and the uniqueness of each person’s body. 

“The path to maintaining or regaining health is not the same for everyone,” Drs. Groopman and Hartzband write. “Medicine involves nuanced and personalized decision making by both the patient and the doctor.” 

In the book, Drs. Groopman and Hartzband explore two sets of biases that affect patient decisions – a “minimalist” or “maximalist approach” and a “technology” or “naturalist” approach. Minimalists prefer to do as little as possible, while maximalists aggressively pursue treatment and technology enthusiasts seek the newest drugs or procedures. Naturalists believe the body can cure itself, perhaps with the aid of spiritual and plant-based remedies. 

Drs. Groopman and Hartzband will share their insight and provide an entirely new attitude and set of tools for making medical decisions.