Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words


Brian Volck 


Friday, Mar. 24, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.


Moos Health Sciences Tower, room 2-620



Dr. Brian Volck, MD will read from his recent memoir Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words. From the publisher’s description: “Becoming a doctor requires years of formal education, but one learns the practice of medicine only through direct encounters with the fragile others called ‘patients.’ Pediatrician Brian Volck recounts his own education in the mysteries of suffering bodies, powerful words, and natural beauty. . .  Attending Others is a highly personal account of what the author learned about medicine after he completed his formal education.”


Hosted in partnership with the Catholic Medical Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, both at the University of Minnesota.


About Our Speaker

Brian Volck is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is also the coauthor of Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (Brazos, 2006), with Joel Schuman, and the author of the poetry collection Flesh Becomes Word (Dos Madres, 2013). During his medical career, he has provided pediatric care at an Indian Health Service hospital on the Navajo Reservation, at an inner-city community health center in Kentucky, at a storefront pediatric office, and at a university-affiliated combined internal medicine-pediatrics teaching practice.