Deans' Hour Lecture Series: Life at the End of Life

March 15th, 2017
Auditorium, 2:30-3:20

Robert Pollack, Ph. D.
Professor of Biological Sciences
Director of the Research Cluster on Science and Subjectivity
Director of University Seminars
Columbia University

Hosted by:
Rachel H. Kennedy, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Science
Bard Early College-Manhattan
525 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

In an age of increasingly aggressive treatments and therapies, how might we think about the undersold field of palliative medicine, a subspecialty that is devoted not to curing a disease, but rather to sustaining a life? It pushes us to think differently about the nature of medicine and the role of involvement.

Dr. Pollack was recently involved in the creation of a course titled “Life at the End of Life” at Columbia, which was offered for the first time last Fall. In addition to awarding students credit for volunteer service, the class also provided a forum to discuss those same issues of how to maintain a quality of life and the role of companionship in end-of-life care. Columbia’s intimate partnership with Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center (TCC), a nursing home in Harlem, showcases the belief that intergenerational communities have something unique to offer, and demonstrates the willingness of students to participate in them.

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An Evening Honoring Dr. Anthony Lechich

April 2nd, 2017
Low Library, 4-6pm

Dr. Lechich is the Medical Director at the 609-bed Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in Manhattan, NY and also serves as the Sr. V.P. for Clinical Strategy at ArchCare. As physician, teacher, administrator and writer, Dr. Lechich has focused on defining issues in quality of life for the institutionalized elderly and persons with late-stage Huntington’s disease. This message has been carried to the staff of local hospitals, medical students, fellows-in-training, families, and the care teams within the home Center. Empowerment of family, bedside caregivers and improving the formulation of highly individualized comprehensive approaches to care has been his passion for many years.