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University of Colorado Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Center for Bioethics and Humanities

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Center faculty are involved in teaching students in all six schools of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Jackie Glover, PhD has taken primary leadership in working with the School of Medicine in the development of their new curriculum. She is the Thread Director for the Humanities, Ethics and Professionalism (HEP) Thread which works with an interdisciplinary committee to develop and implement Bioethics and Humanities content throughout the four years. Jackie has also taken a leadership role in expanding the interdisciplinary and interprofessional curriculum in Ethics at the University of Colorado, and is a member of the IPED (Interprofessional Education and Development) Council.  She also works with an interdisciplinary planning group to offer a campus wide orientation session in professionalism for all incoming students. Jackie is also working with the School of Dentistry in their Ethics Curriculum.  Marilyn Coors, PhD works with the Graduate School and with the School of Nursing with their ethics curricula. Dayna Matthew, JD is developing a health law curriculum for the School of Medicine.

The Center directly supports ethics consultation, policy development and the education of clinicians by working with the ethics committees at the University of Colorado Hospital and its affiliated hospitals including Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center, and the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. All faculty serve on an area hospital's ethics committee. Jackie Glover, PhD co-directs the Program in Bioethics at Children's Hospital Colorado with Stephan Mokrohisky, MD. The Center also supports the Organizational Ethics Forum at the University of Colorado Hospital and organizational ethics activities at the affiliated hospitals. Jackie is also working with Jean Abbott, MD to offer education in ethics consultation to ethics committees around the state. The Center also teams with CHEF (Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum) to offer clinical ethics education sessions to area clinicians and ethics committees.

The Center is designing a special outreach program for rural health care institutions to help identify specific needs and resources. Jackie Glover, PhD has a particular interest in rural bioethics and has done considerable research in this area. She serves on a national Rural Health Care Ethics Coalition that is currently seeking NIH funding to develop a Handbook for Rural Health Care Ethics. She is also working closely with the AHEC program to enhance ethics education in student's rural rotations.

Center faculty serve on the University's Institutional Review Boards (IRB's) for the protection of human subjects in research. Our faculty have published scholarly articles in this area and Marilyn Coors, PhD teaches research ethics and integrity in the ethics curricula of the various schools.

The mission of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, directed by Therese (Tess) Jones, PhD, is to serve scholars, teachers, clinicians, artists, students, patients and their families by providing a unique facility and a comprehensive network in order to develop and integrate transformational learning, groundbreaking scholarship, and exceptional artwork within the environments of healthcare education, research and practice.

Visit the Arts in Medicine website for more information

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