In this episode of “Conversations,” Jewish Sacred Aging’s TV program, Rabbi Address welcomes Dr. Don Friedman, a retired rheumatologist and faculty member at the Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. This is part one of a two-part conversation on teaching medical students about end of life conversations and spirituality as a component of medical care of the advanced senior population. Part two of the conversation will be posted in about two weeks.
You can watch the conversation in the video player below:
About Dr. Friedman:
Donald M. Friedman M.D. received his undergraduate A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1966 and his M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1970. He was trained in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI and Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Following his Medical Internship and Residency, he did a Fellowship in Medical-Psychiatric Liaison at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he learned about the emotional aspects of medical illness. He was also a Fellow in Rheumatology at Temple University Hospital where he was trained to treat arthritis, and musculoskeletal and collagen diseases.
For more than twenty five years, Dr. Friedman was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, a large community teaching hospital in suburban Philadelphia. He is Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine.
Since retiring from medical practice, Dr. Friedman has been interested in Spirituality and Healthcare and has taken courses at Harvard Medical School in the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and at the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health. He completed a workshop program on SoulCare in HealthCare at The Omega Institute with Drs. Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dverin. He currently teaches courses in Professionalism, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and the Healer’s Art at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.
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