Event Series: Philosophy in Medical Education

Conference: Philosophy in Medical Education

15th September
Online, registration via eventbrite

The Sowerby Philosophy of Medicine Project at King’s College London invite attendees to a one-day online conference exploring theory and practice of teaching philosophy as part of the medical curriculum. This event is free, open to the public and all are welcome! Registered attendees will receive an access link shortly prior to the event’s scheduled start time. Please register by 8:30 AM on the 15th of September.

For more information, see the event page.



Colloquia: Philosophy in Medical Education

Colloquium on Ethics

22nd October 2020, 17:00 – 18:15 (UK)

Registration via eventbrite (closes at 14:00 on the 22nd of October)

  • Riana Betzler (WUSTL) “Ethics as a Practice in Medical Education”

Riana Betzler is McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology in the Department of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research spans the philosophy of biology, psychology and medicine including the ethics of empathy.

  • David Fajardo Chica (UNAM) “Pain, suffering and death: A proposal for philosophy in palliative care education”

David Fajardo Chica is a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy based in the Faculty of Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His research concerns pain and suffering in palliative care.

Colloquium on Phenomenology

Time: 12th of November 2020, 17 00 18:15 (UK)
Registration: via eventbrite (by 14 00 on the 12th of November)

  • Anthony Vincent Fernandes (Oxford) : “Teaching Phenomenology in Clinical Practice: A Conceptual Approach”

Anthony Vincent Fernandes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His current research concerns the challenges of applying phenomenology to domains for which it was not intended such as psychology, medicine, race and gender.

  • Samantha Gallivan (Imperial): “Using Phenomenologically Informed Qualitative Methods to Explore Surgical Practice”

Samantha Gallivan is an orthopaedic surgeon with St George’s Hospital and Deputy Academic Lead for Collaborative Projects at Imperial College London. Her research focuses on understanding tacit and embodied knowing in the expert practice of surgeons, stone carvers and sculptors.

Colloquium on Psychiatry

Time: 26th of November 2020, 17:00 – 18:15 (UK)
Registration: via eventbrite (by 14 00 on the 26th of November)

  • Benjamin Wilck (Humboldt) and Ivan Nenchev (Charité): “The Value of Philosophy of Language for Psychiatric Diagnostics”

Ivan Nenchev is Resident Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Benjamin Wilck is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

  • Tania Gergel (KCL): “Teaching philosophy to psychiatrists: a paradigm case of interdisciplinary education?”

Tania Gergel is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. Her research focuses on applying conceptual analysis to mental health, psychiatry and law.


2nd Peter Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop

Philosophy in Medical Education: Race, Gender and Bias

Date: 15th of December 2020
Registration: Opens in October

Confirmed speakers:

  • Sherrilyn Roush (UCLA)
  • Katherine Puddifoot (Durham)
  • Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus)
  • Eleanor Byrne (York)
  • Nivethitha Ganapathiram (KCL)


More speakers and information TBA!