The 2010 Quandaries in Health Care Conference (hosted by the University of Colorado as Aspen's Center for Bioethics and Humanities) is titled "A Need to Confess?: Writing About the Healthcare Experience,” and it seems like it may very well be of interest to TLA folk. It happens Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2010 in Aspen, so if you aren't going to be able to join us in VT, perhaps you can make it out there.
Quandaries in Health Care is a conference series in which keynote discussants, guest faculty and conference participants gather at the Given Institute in Aspen, Colorado, for two and one-half days of large and small group discussions on emergent and perennial issues in biomedical ethics and health humanities.
The theme of the 2010 conference, "A Need to Confess?:Writing About the Healthcare Experience,” explores the literary trend among healthcare professionals to reveal the pressures faced and felt by them, such as the expectations to be perfect, to enact compassion, and to demonstrate respect for patients—even the most difficult ones. These narratives, many of them autobiographical in form and confessional in tone, often detail breaches in those expectations as well as the shame, guilt and anxiety that such breaches evoke.
Additional information can be found here.