Culture of Caring Speaker Series

The College of Human Medicine is committed to creating a culture of caring through trauma informed principles. This culture values respect, safety, compassion, accountability, and kindness. If you have a suggested topic, please submit using our Virtual Suggestion Box.

Upcoming Culture of Caring Events


Watch Past Speaker Series Presentations

  • A Fresh Take on Critical Care

    MSU Trustee Dr. Rema Vassar is a dynamic speaker who has been “leveraging education as a gateway to freedom.” She is energetic, well informed, and fearless. Dr. Rema believes in the power of education to change the world. Consistently building with communities, she brings authenticity to every space and is known for her love for the people and her desire to actualize the collective power of the people. Knowledge is power. Power is freedom. Dr. Rema wants us all to get free. 

  • "The Wisdom of Trauma" Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    The Culture of Caring Program hosted a two-part event with a film screening of “The Wisdom of Trauma” and a panel discussion. The film follows Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician and explores his views on trauma and chronic disease.

    The panel discussion and Q & A with Drs. Howard Schubiner* and Megan Oxley**, moderated by Dr. Claudia Finkelstein, was held on Tuesday January 25, 2022. Watch the program below.

    About the Speakers

    *Dr. Howard Schubiner is a Co-Founder, Clinical Director and Medical Advisor of Freedom From Chronic Pain. He is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI, USA. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Schubiner is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to adolescent medicine, ADHD, and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Mental Health. He has been granted funds to conduct research studies of over several million dollars in total. Dr. Schubiner teaches a form of meditation known as Mindfulness Meditation, which helps individuals cope with the stresses and anxieties of daily life.

    Dr. Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital. This program uses the most current research methodologies to treat individuals who suffer from the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as described by Dr. John Sarno. Dr. Schubiner has created a program that uses both meditative and cutting edge psychological techniques to help individuals with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, whiplash, back and neck pain, myofascial pain, TMJ syndrome, tension and migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and other related conditions. With coauthors he recently published the first randomized, controlled research study in the field of Mind Body Syndrome or TMS for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. He was included in the 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 lists of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Schubiner lives in the Detroit area with his wife of 25 years and has 2 children in their early 20’s.

    ** Dr. Megan Oxley is the founder and medical director of Michigan Progressive Health. A Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Oxley graduated from Wayne State University in 2009. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit. She spent a decade working in emergency departments in Michigan and Maryland before transitioning to a psychedelic Medicine Specialist. Fellowship trained in integrative psychiatry, Dr. Oxley is a founding member and former vice president of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners and is currently researching the role of psychotherapy in ketamine treatment in conjunction with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

  • "This Might Hurt" Film Screening & Town Hall

    The Culture of Caring hosted a two-part virtual event for the return of our speaker series. The first part involved a free screening of the documentary feature film, This Might Hurt. An official selection of the Austin Film Festival, This Might Hurt follows Dr. Howard Schubiner, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, as he works with several chronic pain patients using a new, science-based treatment for calming the nervous system and unlearning pain.

    Watch the film "This Might Hurt" (available to those with MSU Net IDs)

    The second part was held on September 21, 2021. Dr. Schubiner joined Claudia Finkelstein as a panelist to answer questions about the film. Watch the Town Hall below.

  • Fitness for Mind, Body and Soul

    Anne Buffington, registered dietitian, and Kristin Traskie, fitness & wellness program coordinator, from MSU Health Promotion presented a holistic health-centered approach to nourish and move your body in positive ways. They discussed how to create a plan to eat regularly and stay active, along with practical strategies to support yourself with food and physical activity for good nutrition and well-being.

  • Inspiring Culture Change: Lessons Learned from a Career in Quality Improvement

    Don Berwick is a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. A more comprehensive list of his accomplishments can be found hereIn addition to his work as a professor at Harvard Medical School, he is a recipient of numerous awards. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England in honor of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is author of numerous articles and the books Curing Health Care and Escape Fire.

    We had the tremendous good fortune to host him on January 15, 2020 here at the College of Human Medicine. While we are unable to share the recording on Dr. Berwick's presentation, please watch this inspiring video from his 2012 Harvard commencement address.

  • Creating A Culture of Caring in The College of Human Medicine: Lessons Learned from The Trauma-Informed Culture Change Efforts in the City of Flint

    Vicki Johnson-Lawrence, PhD
    Assistant professor, Division of Public Health
    Social epidemiologist & community-based researcher
  • Psychological Safety, Google and Culture in our College of Human Medicine: Is “Midwestern Nice” Actually Nice?

    Psychological safety is the number one predictor of the effectiveness of work teams. This talk will explore the concept of psychological safety, how trauma informed principles can provide a framework for creating it, and how to use these ideas to advance organizational effectiveness and a Culture of Caring.

  • #MeToo: Harnessing Evidence to Ensure Safe and Equitable Environments in Healthcare and Academic Medicine

    Dr. Reshma Jagsi is Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. After graduating first in her class from Harvard College, she pursued her medical training at Harvard Medical School, served as a resident in radiation oncology and fellow in the Center for Ethics at Harvard, and completed her doctorate in Social Policy at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. Dr. Jagsi’s medical research focuses on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care. Her social scientific research includes research into issues of bioethics arising from cancer care and research regarding gender issues, including studies of women's representation in the medical profession.

  • Individual and Organizational Resilience After Tragedy
    Bob VandePol serves as Executive Director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Prior to spearheading their EAP program, Mr. VandePol was president of the world’s largest provider of critical incident response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, he has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and frequently consults regarding how executives can lead organizational recovery during crises.