Dr. Albert Wu to Give Mayers Lecture

March 14, 2007

Albert W. Wu, M.D., M.P.H., professor of health policy and management with joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the 10th Annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture on Tuesday, April 3.

Wu's lecture, entitled "Removing Insults from Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events to Patients," will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn. The lecture is presented by the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development and Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Dr. Wu, who is a general internist and health services researchers, has studied medical errors since 1988 and has published several influential papers on the subject. In 2004, he produced an award-winning video on disclosing errors to patients and their families. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors.

Dr. Wu is a graduate of Cornell University and the Cornell University Medical College. Following clinical training in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Wu was Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. He received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley and joined the Hopkins faculty in 1990.

Stanley P. Mayers, Jr., M.D., co-founder of Penn State‚s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA), retired after a distinguished 26-year career with Penn State. Mayers served as department head for nine years and as associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers, Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment, which was initiated by Dr. Mayers and which has been enlarged by contributions from alumni, faculty and staff, is aimed at enhancing the education of students and expertise of faculty in areas that will continue to honor Dr. Mayers‚ contributions as a professor, administrator and philanthropist.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Those wishing to attend the lecture should RSVP to Barbara Fleischer in the Penn State Department of Health Policy and Administration at baf14@psu.edu or (814) 863-2900 by March 24, 2007.

-hhd-

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

DESIGNATION: The Mount Nittany Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit?. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the educational activity.

OBJECTIVES:  After attending the lecture and participating in the discussion, participants should be able to: 1) Recognize how patients are likely to respond to adverse events; 2) Identify approaches clinicians can use to discuss adverse events with patents; and 3) Explain how different organizational policies can encourage appropriate discussions between clinicians, patients and others about adverse events.

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for Physicians and other healthcare practitioners, administrators, students and researchers in health care and policy

- hhd -

Editors:  For additional information, please contact Abby Diehl, director of alumni and college relations for the Penn State College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-2207 or abbyd@psu.edu.