Looking for a great way to cap off your MLA ’19 experience? We highly recommend attending the final keynote speaker to hear acclaimed teacher, author, bioethicist, and former public interest lawyer Katherine (Katie) L. Watson as she shares her unique experience with innovation in medical education.
A talented playwright and an adjunct faculty member at the training center of Chicago’s Second City theater, Watson will share her story that started in 2002, when she created a seminar in what she calls “medical improv” to improve doctor-patient communication. In 2013, in response to national recognition of her new training approach, she began leading a yearly train-the trainer workshop.
Watson is a lawyer who clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law before coming to Northwestern University. She is also a bioethicist who completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School MacLean Center and medical humanities at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently teaches law, ethics, and humanities to medical students and students in the Northwestern’s master’s program in bioethics and medical humanities.
At noon, Watson will sign her 2018 book, Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion (Oxford University Press), which the New York Times called “revolutionary.”