Powhatan W. James Memorial Seminar

The Wound is the Gift

November 5 and 6, 2018 • Multiple locations (live and teleconference)


Physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals, clergy and chaplains will leave this one-hour presentation having refined their personal vision for leadership that draws upon their sense of calling, ethical values and religious/spiritual commitments as vital resources for leadership in the current healthcare context.

At the end of the presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Identify how acculturation into the field of medicine can alienate the clinical professional from their sense of purpose and joy in practice
  • Identify how the unintentional use of language can create barriers to compassionate care
  • Identify alternate paradigms for the practice of medicine that positively impact the patient experience and outcomes

Live and Teleconference

Presentation materials, when available, maybe downloaded in pdf format. The password will be emailed to participants prior to the activity.

  • Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

    12 p.m.

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Temple

    Mayborn Auditorium

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

    8 a.m.

    Baylor University Medical Center

    Beasley Auditorium

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

    8 a.m.

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest

    Beasly Room

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple

    Mayborn Auditorium

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – College Station

    Bryan Conference Center

  • Baylor Scott & White Clinic – Round Rock 302 University

    Red Raider  Conference Room

  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Irving

    Trinity Conference Room

  • Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth

    A8 Transplant Conference Room

  • Baylor Scott & White McLane Children's Hospital

    5th Floor Conference Room

  • HTPN 8080 / 8051

    Conference Room 1, 9th Floor

  • Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital

    AB Conference Room

  • Bryan Tower (Dallas)

    BR-1 and BR-2



The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation

The A. Webb Roberts Center for Continuing Medical Education of Baylor Scott & White Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Baylor Scott & White Health System is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: This offering is approved for “1.0” CEU. Scott and White provider number CS4934 has been awarded Provider Status by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. This approval meets criteria for mandatory continuing education requirements for re-licensure as established by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Meets Texas Requirements for Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit

About the Seminar

About the Powhatan W. James Memorial Seminar The seminar is a memorial to the Reverend Dr. Powhatan W. James. The son of a Baptist minister, Dr. James graduated from University of Richmond Law School and practiced law in Virginia prior to entering ministry. He graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and was pastor of churches in Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas. In addition to being a fine theologian, Dr. James was also vitally interested in religious education and, at the time of his retirement, was president of Bethel College for Women in Kentucky. In retirement, he edited and published the sermons of his father-in-law, Dr. George W. Truett. He was also the author of the book, “Fifty Years of Baylor University Hospital.” Primary funding for this seminar is provided by the Religion in Medicine Endowment Fund. The fund was established by a group of physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Baylor University Medical Center – Dallas, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, to honor their colleague, the late G. Truett James, MD, and his brother, Powhatan W. James, Jr., MD, who provided funds for the seminar prior to the establishment of the Endowment Fund in 1977.

Guest Presenter

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP

Rana Awdish, MD, FCCPRana Awdish, MD, FCCP is the author of "In Shock," a memoir based on her own critical illness. A critical care physician and faculty member at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, she completed her medical degree at Wayne State in 2002 where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. Dr. Awdish completed a residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, and fellowship training at Henry Ford Hospital, where she currently serves as director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program. Dr. Awdish also serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the Henry Ford Health System.

After suffering a sudden critical illness, Dr. Awdish, has a special interest in improving empathy through connection and communication. She lectures nationwide and was awarded the 2014 Speak-Up Hero Award for establishing the CLEAR (Connect, Listen, Emphasize, Align, Respect) workshop, which trains faculty and trainees in relationship-based communication skills utilizing improvisational actors.

She was named Henry Ford Hospital’s Critical Care Teacher of the Year in 2016 and has been nominated for the Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award by her peers. She lives in Michigan with her husband, Randy, their son, Walt, and a very old tabby cat named Lexy. Her hobbies include Ashtanga yoga, cooking and oil painting. Photography

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