Hear inspiring stories from caregivers as they reflect on COVID-19

The pandemic has impacted our personal and professional lives in many ways. Thank you to those caregivers who submitted reflections about their COVID-19 experiences to be shared during the Center for Bioethics Empathy and Valuing Every Person Lecture Series.

The lecture series is the third annual event in honor of and inspired by Anthony Thomas Jr., MD, who demonstrated a deep commitment to encourage others to reflect on their roles in healthcare and to support each person. This year’s theme is “Three Phases of COVID-19 Experiences.”

The first of three virtual events is Sept. 14 and will focus on the initial upheaval and pandemic planning caused by COVID-19. Congratulations to the following speakers who were selected to share their reflections:


“Quarantine Quotes”
Deborah Bercik
Senior Physical Therapist | Therapy Services – Westlake

“Finding Hope in a COVID-19 ICU”
Zachary Jerusalem, MD
Fellow, Critical Care Medicine | main campus

“Sense of Worth & Purpose at a COVID-19 Testing Site”
Tracey Newman
Dermatology Medical Assistant | Elyria Family Health Surgery Center

Visual Art

“The Fear”
Maeve Pascoe
Medical Student | Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Special Reflection

“Socially Distant”
Abarna Ramanathan, MD
Resident, Internal Medicine | main campus

Listen to their stories

Empathy and Valuing Every Person Lecture Series events are virtual this year and free to join, but pre-registration is required to receive access to the live viewing portal.

RSVP to the Sept. 14 lecture series eventto hear inspiring stories from the speakers listed above.Learn more about the speakers.

View this flyer to learn more about the lecture series and how to submit reflections for possible recognition during the Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 events. The next submission deadline is Sept. 1.