Where Agency Meets Wellness: Creating a Career of Purpose

Claude Moore Nursing Education Building, room 1110
March 28, 2022 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Organized By: The Compassionate Care Initiative
Hannah Crosby
(434) 924-1917

This session for medical and nursing students will be led by Liz Métraux, CEO of Women Writers in Medicine.


Career conversations routinely rest on the familiar spaces of cultivating leadership, mitigating burnout, and climbing ladders. We spend far less time exploring how to create careers that foster meaning. This discussion session will focus on the path to purpose and the role that agency – and by extension, advocacy – plays in professional success, personal well-being, and system change.


Dinner will be available AFTER the session for those who RSVP ahead of time. At that time, there will also be a special appearance from the School of Nursing’s Therapy Dog, Kenny.


Facilitator bio: Elizabeth (Liz) Métraux, CEO of Women Writers in Medicine, is a writer, researcher, and medical anthropologist. Formerly at the helm of communications at the National Institutes of Health's Office of Workforce Diversity, Liz has spent the last 15 years traveling the globe studying how to create a more fulfilled, inclusive, and purpose-driven clinical workforce. Her writing has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, STAT, Modern Healthcare, and on the stages of the Aspen Ideas Festival, the National Academies of Medicine, and so many more. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Writing for Higher.


Co-sponsored by the Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI), Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Visiting Professorship Program, and the UVA Medical Center Hour.