Moral Injury in Medicine Conference 2023


Conference Information | April 12, 2023

Looking for Answers? Moral Injury in Medicine

We were in an impossible situation. Any decision we made would have haunted us forever. We would always carry that with us.

Restoration in the Aftermath by R. L. Awdish, MD*



Early Bird Rate until March 1: $500

Space is limited. Online option possible.

Total CEs, CEUs, and CMEs: 6.5 hrs


Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel

250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801


8:30 – 9:30 am        Registration

9:00 – 9:15 am        Welcome

9:15 – 9:45 am        What is Moral Injury? — Rita Nakashima Brock

9:45 – 10:15 am      The Pandemic and Moral Injury in Medicine — Mona Masood

10:15 – 10:30 am     Q&A

10:30 – 10:45 am     Break

10:45 – 11:45 am     Moral Injury in Medicine: Systems and their Impacts — Wendy Dean & Simon Talbot

11:45 – 12:15 pm    Panel Discussion with Q&A

12:15 – 1:00 pm      Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 pm        Strategies for Recovery: Working Groups

4:00 – 4:15 pm        Break

4:15 – 5:15 pm        Plenary Discussion and Closing Commitment


Pandemic pressures have exacerbated physicians’ professional challenges and put them at increased risk of moral injury. This conference will provide information about moral injury and the factors—including the systems—that make physicians vulnerable to it, as well as strategies for systemic change and personal recovery. The event is an opportunity to engage in confidential, facilitated conversations with peers.

Hosted by Volunteers of America Northern New England, Volunteers of America Massachusetts, and Moral Injury of Healthcare.

Learn more about Moral Injury here.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled by February 28, 2023
  • 90% refund if cancelled by March 13, 2023
  • 50% refund if cancelled by April 3, 2023
  • No refunds after April 3, 2023


  • Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

    Senior Vice President & Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America

    Rita Nakashima Brock, Rel. M., M.A., Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. She is the co-author of one of the first books written on moral injury, Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War (Beacon 2012) and has been educating the public about moral injury since 2010. From 1997 to 2001, she directed the Bunting Institute/Radcliffe Fellowship Program at Harvard University; from 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life; and from 2002-2012, she was a research scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

  • Dr. Wendy Dean, MD

    President & Co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare

    Wendy Dean, MD is a writer, speaker, podcast host, and the President and co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare (, a nonprofit organization that provides training and consultation to organizations focused on alleviating distress in their workforce. She and her co-founder, Simon G. Talbot, MD, began the conversation about moral injury in healthcare with the publication of their seminal work in STATNews on July 26, 2018.

    A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Dean has been a practicing clinician, worked for the Department of Defense, and as an executive for a large international non-profit supporting military medical research. In addition to moral injury, Dr. Dean’s expertise in product development, reimbursement for novel technologies, clinical trial conduct, government investment strategy, and the ethics of medical innovations is widely sought.

    Dr. Dean graduated from Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She did her residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.

  • Dr. Mona Masood, DO

    Founder & Chief Organizer, Physician Support Line

    Dr. Mona Masood (she/her/hers), DO is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified general outpatient psychiatrist practicing in the greater Philadelphia area. She is a board member of Muslim Wellness Foundation, an American nonprofit mental health awareness and education organization. She often leads community mental health education events and is most recently the founder and chief organizer of the Physician Support Line - an anonymous and free peer to peer emotional support line run by over 800 volunteer psychiatrists to help physician colleagues at the many intersections of their personal and professional lives.

  • Dr. Simon Talbot

    Co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare

    Simon G. Talbot is a hand surgeon and microsurgeon who is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Attending Surgeon in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts. He is Director of the Upper Extremity Transplant Program at BWH. Dr. Talbot’s research focuses on nerve repair and the psychosocial aspects of hand and arm amputation and transplantation.

    In addition to his work in Boston, Dr. Talbot regularly volunteers his time to perform surgery and to train local physicians. This work has taken him to Rwanda, Vietnam, Malawi, The Cook Islands, and Kenya. Dr. Talbot is widely published and is active in several professional societies. He is a Board member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and is the physician representative to several committees at BWH.

    He graduated from the University of Auckland School of Medicine in New Zealand. He completed his residency in the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program followed by a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.



Register by January 2, 2023 for the early bird rate!