The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Institute for the Medical Humanities are proud to announce the oral examination of Peggy Determeyer for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Her defense will be held Monday, June 20th, 1:00pm-4:00pm, 2.222 Primary Care Pavilion (PCP). The title of her dissertation is Decision Making at the End of Life: Community Bioethics Dialogues as a Platform for Education.
All faculty and students are invited to attend. We ask that you sit quietly in the chairs against the wall. Only the committee members will be able to speak to the candidate during the defense. All guests will be asked to leave the room at the end of the defense while the committee members deliberate.
Peggy has a diverse background, confirming that learning is a life-long process, traveling through various disciplines. She earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and worked for more than twenty years in various segments of the energy industry. In 1998, she began working towards a Master's Degree in Divinity at Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University), completing the requirements in 2004. To fulfill the internship requirement, she completed a one-year term as a chaplain resident in Clinical Pastoral Education at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, where she became interested in health-care ethics and end-of-life issues. For several years she worked as a staff chaplain with the Memorial Health Care System, assigned to Memorial City Medical Center. In addition to her chaplaincy duties providing emotional and spiritual support to a variety of patients, Peggy served on the hospital's bioethics committee, where she was involved in ethics consultation as well as education for medical staff members. As a PhD student, Peggy has continued her interest in end-of-life issues, brain death, and donation after cardiac death, as well as numerous other issues in the health-care venue. She is majoring in health-care ethics, with a minor in health-care policy.
- William J. Winslade, PhD, JD, PhD (CHAIR), Professor, James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy in Medicine, Medical Humanities Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- David Niesel, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, GSBS, Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Anne Hudson Jones, PhD, Professor; Director, Medical Humanities Graduate Program; Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Jerome Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Arlene MacDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities Graduate Program, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Stacey Tovino, JD, PhD, Professor, Lehman Professor of Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.