Ezekiel Emanuel on Ben Franklin, COVID-19 and Health Care

Thirty years ago, when he trained at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., could never have conceived that chemotherapy could be delivered at home. Now it’s happening.

How can health sciences students like those at NEOMED learn to be resilient through the changes they’ll undoubtedly experience in their own careers in medicine, pharmacy and research?

Take a page from Ben Franklin’s book, advised Dr. Emanuel during the Q&A session of his VITALS webinar Thursday, Feb. 3.

The oncologist, medical ethicist and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania is a huge fan of the inventor, politician, publisher, scientist, diplomat and all-around “civic improver,” so much so that he’ll be teaching an online course about Franklin soon. Franklin remained mentally active until the end – especially impressive, since he died at age 84, noted Dr. Emanuel.

If you want to stay resilient, do as Franklin did: Remain endlessly curious and sociable. Be like Ben Franklin: build a huge library and a big dining room in your home and invite people over to talk.

Health care areas in transition

Invited to speak on any of the VITALS topics – value-based, innovation, technology, advocacy, leadership or service – Dr. Emanuel chose to focus on three areas of health care that are in transition: automation, telemedicine and care at home.   

Betty Lin-Fisher, a medical reporter and consumer columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and USA Today Network, moderated the Q&A session following Dr. Emanuel’s presentation, which allowed participants to ask this distinguished guest about COVID-19 policies, how the U.S. compares with other countries in its health care, and more.

Next on VITALS: Nancy Schlichting, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer (retired), Henry Ford Health System; former COO at Summa Health. The webinar is free and CE credit is available.

Register here for Nancy Schlichting on VITALS, March 10 at noon.

Watch Ezekiel Emanuel on VITALS Feb. 3, 2022

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