• FOR LIFE AND FAMILY

about Converging Roads

Where Health Care Ethics and Medicine Converge
Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. To learn more about Converging Roads, click here.
  • Feedback from Converging Roads 2021:
  • "Thank you so much for the support, education, and inspiration you provide for medical professionals so that we can live our profession with greater zeal and joy. This inspired me to be a better nurse and redirected my perspective in a way that will give me the energy I need to do what God is asking of me as a nurse."
  • "This was a wonderful experience to get to hear from Catholic medical professionals and understand the Catholic view of medicine that goes beyond what we are taught in the classroom about medicine or human life."

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION IS COMING SOON

FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT


In-Person Ticket Options:
  • Physicians/Physician Assistants: $149
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners: $129
  • General Admission*: $79
  • Medical residents, clergy, or religious*: $69
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $15
Online Ticket Options:
  • Online tickets include access to the livestream on Saturday, April 2, 2022, as well as additional access to the recordings from noon CT on Sunday, April 3, to 11:59 pm CT on Wednesday, April 6.
  • Physicians/Physician Assistants: $119
  • Nurses/Nurse Practitioners: $99
  • General Admission*: $49
  • Medical residents, clergy, or religious*: $39
  • Student Scholarship Rate**: $0
 
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.
  • **Not eligible for CME/CNE credits.

Exhibitor Opportunities:
Includes 1 exhibitor booth and admission for 1 organizational representative
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $170
  • Ministry/Non-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $100
  • Vendor/For-Profit (including CME/CNE credits): $220
  • Vendor/For-Profit (not including CME/CNE credits)*: $150
 
  • *Not eligible for CME/CNE credits, however, Chaplain certificates of completion can be requested upon registration for continuing education purposes.

Student Scholarships:
  • Undergraduate, graduate, nursing, and medical students are eligible to register for Converging Roads at our scholarship admission rate. If you are a student currently enrolled in classes and would like to attend the conference, please complete our student scholarship form prior to registering for the conference (click here). If you feel called to contribute to our scholarship fund, you can do so at the time of registration.

Refund Information:
    • If you are no longer able to attend the conference, after purchasing your ticket, you may choose to transfer your registration fees to a student in need, or request a refund.
    • All refunds must be requested 2 weeks prior to the conference. The last day to request a refund is Friday, March 18. All refund requests made on or after March 19 will not be accepted, but the funds will automatically be transferred to a student in need. Please email [email protected] to transfer your registration or request a refund.

TOPICS

  • Medicine at the Service of the Human Person
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  • Vocation of the Medical Professional
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  • The Mental Health Crisis for Children in Light of COVID-19 and Beyond
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  • St. John Paul II on the Role of Truth and Freedom in Medicine
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  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Our Midst
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  • The Social Determinants of Health: Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations
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  • The Role of Public Health in Traditional Medicine
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SCHEDULE

8:00 AM
Mass Check-In / Registration
9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:25 - 10:20 AM
Medicine at the Service of the Human Person
10:25 - 11:25 AM
Vocation of the Medical Professional
11:25 - 11:40 AM
Break
11:40 AM - 12:40 PM
The Mental Health Crisis for Children in Light of COVID-19 and Beyond
12:40 - 2:15 PM
Hippocratic Oath Luncheon
1:10 - 2:10 PM
St. John Paul II on the Role of Truth and Freedom in Medicine
2:15 - 2:35 PM
Break
2:35 - 3:35 PM
Hidden in Plain Sight: Human Trafficking in Our Midst
3:40 - 4:40 PM
The Social Determinants of Health: Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations
4:40 - 4:55 PM
Break
4:55 - 5:55 PM
The Role of Public Health in Traditional Medicine
6:00 - 6:45 PM
Wine & Cheese Reception
 

Speakers

DIANN ECRET, PhD, MSN, RN, MA
Staff Ethicist, Nurse Planner, and Assistant Professor of Nursing

DiAnn Ecret joined the National Catholic Bioethics center during the summer of 2016. DiAnn is a staff ethicist, nurse planner and a a full time Assistant Professor of Nursing at Ave Maria University. DiAnn graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes School of Nursing in 1987, completed her BSN & MSN from Wilmington University, an MA certification in theology/ethics from Villanova University. She completed her PhD in Health Care Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2017. DiAnn has 35 years of combined nursing experience in adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care nursing, nursing management and nursing education. DiAnn teaches undergraduate nursing at Ave Maria University, is on the Health Care Task Force at Life Perspectives, serves as a member of the President’s Bioethics Committee at the University of Mary of Minnesota, and volunteers as an ethics consultant for Be Not Afraid.   DiAnn is married to her husband Mike for 34 years, with 4 children, and 2 grandchildren.

CLAUDIA R. SOTOMAYOR, MD, DBe
Clinical Ethicist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Dr. Claudia Sotomayor, is the Chief of the Clinical Consultation Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, a Cura Personalis Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of GUMC. She holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico and a Doctorate in Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago Il, USA. Claudia also completed a fellowship in Clinical Bioethics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. (USA). She has been a Research Scholar for UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights since 2012 where she has worked in the area of Multiculturalism, Bioethics and Religion. She has also served as a member of the Ethics committee in different hospitals in the USA. Before coming to the USA, she worked in different hospitals in Mexico as a primary care physician, and was the health committee coordinator for FUNDESPEN, a non-profit that provides medical care to Mayan communities in rural areas of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

KRISTIN M. COLLIER, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion

Kristin Collier, MD, FACP is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan where she serves as the director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion. She also serves as an associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program where she oversees the primary care track. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at The University of Michigan Hospitals. Her academic interests are in the overlap of spirituality, religion and health and her peer reviewed work has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, JGIM, the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and she also has had writings published in Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, Theopolis and America Magazine. She is also the proud mother of four boys.

Venue

St. John Paul II Foundation

7730 Westview
Houston, TX 77055

For More Information:
Erin Ellwanger, Conference Coordinator
832.779.1070
[email protected]

CONTACT US

  • PHONE

    832.779.1070

  • PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    7730 Westview
    Houston, TX 77055

  • MAILING ADDRESS

    P.O. Box 5927
    Katy, TX 77491

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