Psychiatrist and author Stephen Joseph Bergman will visit OU to discuss how to practice medicine with humanity as part of Campus Activities Council’s Speakers Bureau.
Bergman — who writes under the pen name Samuel Shem — will speak at 7 p.m. on April 8 in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The event, titled “Remaining Human in Medicine,” will include a question and answer session as well as a book signing, said Veronica Hassink, CAC Speakers Bureau chair.
Bergman wrote the 1978 satirical novel “The House of God,” which detailed the harrowing experiences of first-year medical interns. Bergman published a sequel in 1996 titled "Mount Misery," which centers on doctor and patient experiences in psychiatric hospitals.
At the event, which is free and open to the public, attendees can purchase copies of “The House of God” as well as “Mount Misery” to be signed, Hassink said.
While the event may seem directed toward pre-med students, Hassink said Bergman’s talk has universal appeal because it will discuss the struggle to find balance between one’s personal and professional life.
“That’s relevant not only in the medical field but in all of our lives, straddling the line between personal and professional,” Hassink said.