Conversations About Ethics

After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv

Dr. Nancy Berlinger presented a free evening lecture entitled “After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness” as part two of the Conversations About Ethics series, March 19, 2013. 

You can view a recording of the evening lecture here

By the end of the keynote presentation, attendees were able to: 

  • Identify the ethical, psychological, and social dimensions of harmful medical mistakes.
  • Explore forgiveness as a means of meeting the needs of parties affected by medical harm.
  • Differentiate the process of forgiveness by the harmed party from self-forgiveness. 
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Nancy Berlinger is a Research Scholar at the Hastings Center. Her research and teaching focus on ethical issues in the organization and delivery of health care, ethics policy in human rights and in public health contexts, and patient safety. She is the director of the first revision of The Hastings Center’s landmark ethics guidelines on end-of-life care. She also codirects a research project on ethics and policy issues in the care of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. health care system. She is the author of After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).She has a special interest in ethics and policy concerning the management of cancer as a chronic illness. She teaches a graduate seminar in health care ethics at the Yale School of Nursing and lectures frequently in medical schools and health care institutions in the United States and internationally. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow and an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary. 

Conversations About Ethics is a series of lectures and discussions about ethics issues presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health through the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

Find out more about our afternoon workshop: Disclosing Medical Error


Conversations About Ethics: The ninth in a series of ethics discussions

Daytime Workshop: (Part One) Register online

"Workshop on Disclosing Medical Error"
Presented by Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, 8310 Ewing Halsell Drive

Evening Keynote: (Part Two) Register online or by calling 210-567-0795.

"After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness"
Presented by Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
5 p.m. Reception & Book Sale
6 p.m. Presentation
7:30 Book Signing

Pestana Lecture Hall and Foyer, UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive

Continuing Education Information:

The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health is an approved provider of continuing education for LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW and LMSW by the State of Texas. Part one of this activity provides up to 4 CE units. Part two of this activity provides up to 1.5 hours.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides up to 5.75 contact hours.

Attendees may only claim credits commensurate with their participation in the activity.

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Resource List

This resource list brings together websites, videos, audio recordings, books, and articles to supplement the workshop and lecture.

By Our Speaker

Dipping Your Toe (Introductory Information)

Wading Waist High (Intermediate Resources)

Taking a Deep Dive (Advanced Materials)

Access to Materials

Freely available Online
Available through the San Antonio Public Library
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Available through the Briscoe Library at the UTHSCSA Faculty
Faculty, students, and staff may access these materials remotely using their Health Science Center log-in. Non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public may access these materials in-person by visiting the library and registering for guest access. Off-site access is not available for non-affiliated individuals and members of the general public due to licensing restrictions.