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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSusan Dentzer, senior policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, delivers the final 2013 morning lecture Friday in the Amp.

Dentzer: Post-acute care key to improving U.S. health system

A projection of Michelangelo’s David stared down at the Amphitheater audience from behind Susan Dentzer as she spoke at Friday’s morning lecture. But this wasn’t quite the perfectly proportioned model of a man that has wowed countless numbers of tourists in Italy. An apparently unhealthy dose of Photoshop had added a massive gut and sagging pectorals to the famed piece of art.

“Somebody got the bright idea to send him off to a two-month trip in the United States,” Dentzer joked. “He’s just not the svelte young Florentine he used to be — he’s an American.”

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerChristine Cassel lectures on the importance of a more open, two-way relationship between doctors and patients in her morning lecture Thursday in the Amphitheater.

Cassel: Doctor-patient relationship needs to rest on even ground

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists the first definition of “patient” as “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” The thesaurus provides some of the expected synonyms: “tolerant” and “stoic.” But then some “related words” take a slightly darker turn — “subservient,” “conformist” and, taking the sentiment to its bleakest extreme, “slavish.”

While there are many times patience is, as they say, a virtue, Dr. Christine K. Cassel said people seeking medical care don’t like calling themselves “patients.” It makes them feel powerless. And that’s a dynamic between consumers and health care providers that Cassel wants to help change; she believes people seeking health care need to have a more balanced doctor-patient relationship than has historically been the case.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerRichard Gilfillan, former head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, delivers Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.

Gilfillan: U.S. must change private marketplace to move to ‘patient-centric’ approach

Dr. Richard Gilfillan thinks that basically every health professional has walked a career path paved with good intentions. No one who has stepped up to the podium this week in the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy or anywhere else on the grounds hates the idea of making people healthy.

“No one comes here and says they want to provide fragmented health care at an unreasonable cost,” he said.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSteven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, speaks about ways of preserving quality aspects of the existing health care system while reducing overall cost.

Corwin: ‘You have to start the discussion with what’s right for the patient’

It was 1968, and Steven J. Corwin’s grandfather was having a heart attack. At 12 years old, Corwin observed the treatment his 62-year-old grandfather was given — recommended bed rest for six weeks and the advice to “curtail“ his smoking. Two weeks later, his grandfather passed away from a second heart attack.

“That was my inspiration to go into cardiology,” said Corwin, CEO at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Corwin spoke at Tuesday’s morning lecture on Week Nine’s theme of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” His lecture focused on the progress being made in medicine today, in technology as well as in cost-controlling measures.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerHarvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, delivers the opening lecture of a week dedicated to “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” Monday morning in the Amphitheater.

Fineberg: ‘We can do more about American health care’

When charting the course of human medical evolution, it becomes evident that progress throughout the past century has been nothing less than remarkable.

About 25,000 years ago, the life expectancy of a human was 25 years, said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine and previous provost of Harvard University. By 1900, that number had risen to 48 in the United States, and today, U.S. residents are expected to live until the age of 78.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerZeki Saritoprak, the Nursi Chair of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, speaks about his homeland of Turkey during Friday Afternoon’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy.

Saritoprak shares knowledge of Turkish traditions and Gülen movement

Zeki Saritoprak is the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University. At 2 p.m. Friday in the Hall of Philosophy, he delivered an Interfaith Lecture on the Gülen movement and on Turkish culture and religion. Saritoprak is a contributing author of Turkish Islam and the Secular State: The Gülen Movement, edited by Hakan Yavuz and John L. Esposito.

Before discussing Gülen and his Hizmet movement, Saritoprak gave a brief outline of Turkish history, from the start of the Ottoman Empire to the founding of the Republic of Turkey. He spoke on how Islam appeared in Turkey and on the religiosity of modern Turkish people.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerKemal Kirişci, director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, delivers Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater, closing a week of lectures on the theme “Turkey: Model for the Middle East?”

Kirisci sees Turkey as a future model for Middle East

Finally answering the elusive question in the title of Week Eight’s theme, Kemal Kirişci said at Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater that Turkey’s status as a model for the Middle East should not be overstated. He warned against praising the country’s government as something to be emulated.

Kirişci, a senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, explored the question of whether the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square had damaged Turkey’s position as a role model for the region. His lecture was the last in this week’s theme of “Turkey: A Model for the Middle East?”

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerÖzlem Denizmen, of Turkish conglomerate the Doğuş Group, delivers Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater about the importance of financial literacy and bridging the gender gap in the workplace.

Denizmen works to help Turkish women speak the language of money

If one grew up in a country where money, capital and finance were rarely talked about, imagine how hard it would be to invest, buy a home or even create a savings account.

As a pioneer of financial literacy in her home country of Turkey where that is that case, Özlem Denizmen wants to start that conversation.

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