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April 4: Being Mortal film screening and discussion

FREDERICK, Maryland—Hood College and Hospice of Frederick County are hosting a film screening of “Being Mortal” and a panel discussion April 4 at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Hood’s Rosenstock Hall.

“Being Mortal” is a Frontline documentary that follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s best-selling book, “Being Mortal,” the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors are often untrained and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rachel Mandel, MHA, assistant vice president of medical affairs at Frederick Memorial Hospital. The panelists will include the Rev. Beth O’Malley, dean of the chapel at Hood; Carlos Graveran, executive director, Hospice of Frederick County; Dr. Danielle Doberman, geriatrics and palliative care, George Washington University medical faculty; Dr. Anugeet Kaur, family medicine, Frederick Memorial Hospital; and Kathy Troupe, CRNP, care clinic, Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Registration is encouraged by calling 240-566-4055 or emailing communityevent@fmh.org.