University of Pittsburgh


The Ethics of Effective Education

Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Location: Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 1
an image of Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD
Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD

Richard Gunderman is Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University. He received his AB Summa Cum Laude from Wabash College, MD and PhD (Committee on Social Thought) with honors from the University of Chicago, and MPH from Indiana University. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He was a Chancellor Scholar of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a nine-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. He was named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the Radiological Society of North America, the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society Berlin Scholar in Professionalism, and the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the American Roentgen Ray Society. In November, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2013, he was the Spinoza Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of over 400 articles and has published eight books, including We Make a Life by What We Give (Indiana University, 2008), Leadership in Healthcare (Springer, 2009), and Achieving Excellence in Medical Education (2nd edition, Springer, 2011), X-ray Vision (Oxford University, 2013), and Essential Radiology (3rd edition, Thieme, 2014). He is also a correspondent for the Atlantic and past president of the faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine.

About This Session

Education is often regarded as a matter of curriculum, instructional methods, and assessment. But in fact, one of the most vital ingredients of effective education is fundamentally ethical in character. For learners and educators to contribute and derive the most from their encounters, they need to be engaged not only intellectually but in terms of character: who they are at their core and who they are striving to become. This presentation highlights the ethical dimension of education at its best.

Continuing Medical Education


The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals are awarded 0.10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.

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