Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture & 6th Annual Edmund D. Pellegrino Seminar

Patient-Centered Medicine

The symposium will be a two-day event, with the John Collins Harvey Lecture and dinner on the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2019, followed by the all-day 6th Annual Pellegrino Seminar on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Registration is now open.

Please contact the event planner (Marti Patchell: if you have any questions.

You may use this website to access information about the speakers, the agenda, event location, and announcements.


  • When

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - Friday, April 26, 2019
    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center (Leavey Conference Center), Salon H
    3800 Reservoir Rd NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20007

2019 Pellegrino Young Scholars' Prize

An important new feature of the Annual Pellegrino Symposium, sponsored by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University, is the Pellegrino Young Scholars’ Prize.  We invite graduate students, professional students, resident physicians, and post-doctoral fellows to submit essays addressing theoretical questions or ethical issues in “Patient-Centered Medicine,” in conversation with the work of Pellegrino.  International entrants are welcome but must be fluent in English.  The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present the work in a 45-minute lecture at this year’s Annual Pellegrino Symposium to be held at Georgetown University on April 26, 2019. 

The award winner will also receive up to $500 in travel reimbursement for economy class travel and will receive up to 2-days of housing at an on campus hotel to attend the symposium.  The winning essay will be published in an issue of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.  Three runner-up essays will be considered for publication in Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine (if merited, but not guaranteed) for an issue in 2019-2020.

Essays should be original, make reference to the work of Edmund Pellegrino, address some aspect of patient-centered clinical care and be no more than 3500 words in length (plus references and notes).  While any style is acceptable, APA format is preferred.  Essays should be submitted electronically to Mrs. Marti Patchell at:, no later than March 15, 2019; winner will be announced March 29, 2019.

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