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ARCHIVE:  Most Arts in Medicine Lectures/Performances and Ethics Bites Discussions are recorded, and may be viewed online.  View archive.

Exhibit at the Fulginiti Gallery through November 13th. 
This exhibit of paintings by Colorado's premiere landscape artist elicits questions such as, h
ow does art intervene in the erasures of
history and humanity that occurred on 9/11? What cannot or should
not be represented?  What is the role of art in testimony, memorial,
mourning and healing? 
 More... ​

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, was recently interviewed about diagnostic
errors on Colorado MattersListen to the story on Colorado Public Radio.
In addition, Dr. Wynia co-authored a recently-released discussion paper,
Aids," for the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC.

Essay Contest Recognizes Humanism in Medicine
Cash Prizes of $500, $250, and $150 To Be Awarded
Are you a Colorado healthcare student? Do you know a healthcare
professional or interdisciplinary team that embodies humanism in medicine?
Life Quality Institute and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities invite you to submit an essay reflecting on the practice of patient-centered care based on the principles of:
•    Open communication
•    Mutual respect, and
•    Emotional connection between health professionals and their patient
Click to view details and submission deadline.
Jones article published in Journal of the American Medical the CU Anschutz Medical Campus​, by Center Associate Director Therese Jones, PhD, describes our unique facility and program which encompasses education, inquiry, expression and engagement. Virtual Mentor. August 2014, Volume 16, Number 8: 618-621

Colorado School of Public Heath presents, "Ebola and Public Health," on Friday, October 24th from 11am-1:00pm in Education 2 North, Room 2104.  Featured Topics and Speakers: Readiness at the State Level by Wendy Bamberg, MD, Medical Epidemiologist, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Readiness at the Local LevelJohn Douglas, MD, Executive Director, Tri-County Health Department, Readiness at HospitalsMichelle Barron, MD, Division of Infectious Disease, Anschutz Medical Center, Communicating with the Public about EbolaSheana Bull, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Community & Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health, The Ethics of Ebola Control MeasuresMatthew Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, Anschutz Medical Campus.​

"Colorado: A Liquid History and Tavern Guide," by Tom ​​​Dr. Colorado Noel on Monday, November 3rd from noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
 Hear fascinating tales of saloons, and the
social and political roles taverns played, especially for immigrants.  
Arts in Medicine lectures are free and open to the public.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2015 EDITION OF THE HUMAN TOUCH.Submission deadline is December 15, 2014.  Please follow the link for submission instructions.  The Human Touch 2014 is available at the AMC Bookstore or at the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby.  This is the 7th annual volume of poetry, prose and visual art created and contributed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus.
You may also read The Human Touch online.

The Unrepresented Patient:  A 
White Paper from the Colorado Collaborative for Unrepresented Patients by Jackie Glover, PhD and Jean Abbott, MD, MH
This year, the Colorado Collaborative for Unrepresented Patients (CCUP), a task force of representatives of the Colorado healthcare ethics community led by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus, the Center for Ethics and Leadership in the Health Professions at Regis University, and the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum. set a goal of investigating best practices from around the country and develop a concept paper to address the growing issue of unrepresented patients in Colorado healthcare systems.  The resulting White Paper was accepted this summer as an Appendix to the report of the Elder Abuse Task Force, chaired by The Honorable Elizabeth Leith of the Denver Probate Court.  This Task Force recommended a structure for a new Office of Public Guardianship, and the addition of our White Paper recognized the special needs for nimble and ethical decision-making in the medical setting for the unrepresented group of vulnerable patients.  In the next year, our CCUP hopes to develop training standards for medical guardians under the new Office and continue to participate in seeing the pilots and eventual state-wide program become a reality.​

A major report from the Institute of Medicine, “Dying in America:
Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences near the
End of Life
,” was recently released. The report finds that improving
quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and
their families could enhance quality of life through the end of life and
contribute to a more sustainable care system. Jean Kutner, MD, MSPH,
associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine and chief
medical officer at University of Colorado Hospital, served on the 21-member committee that authored the report, which attracted attention in the

Bright Idea, a sculpture in memory of Vincent Fulginiti, MD, was
dedicated on August 1st. The concept models the work of the university; thinking, talking and discovering, as well as the vision of Dr. Fulginiti, who has been described as someone who viewed situations from multiple perspectives, and who balanced the ethical, practical and the aethetic.
Artist Robert Delaney (pictured) is a Colorado native who's kinetic sculptures grace public spaces throughout the state as well as private collections across the country.
  See Bright Idea in the Fulginiti lobby.

Therese (Tess) Jones, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for
Bioethics and Humanities, is the recipient of CU's 2014 Thomas
Jefferson Award
, which recognizes CU faculty, staff and students
who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular academic
responsibilities while contributing outstanding service to the broader
community.  Jones and other awardees were recognized at an event
on April 2nd, 2014.

The 4th International Health Humanities Conference will be held
at th
e Fulginiti Pavilion on April 30-May 2, 2015Health Humanities:
The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practices and Politics)
will bring together
scholars, educators, clinicians, health advocates, students, patients and
caregivers in an effort to identify the core issues and guiding values as wel
as define the expanding scope of the health humanities.

Health Humanities Reader, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear
and Lester D. Friedman, is available from Rutgers University Press.
This is a landmark volume that sets the standard for any future collection
in medical/health humanities.  It is by turns authoritative, funny, edgy,
creative and personal-sometimes all in one piece," says Thomas R. Cole,
Director, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University of
Texas-Houston Medical School.

Letters to a Third Year Student - Confused, frustrated, terrified,
overworked and under-​appreciated are some of the ways our graduating medical students remember their third year, when after spending two years in the classroom, they plunge into the clinical realm, working with patients under the supervision of residents and attending physicians.
Read their letters, which share advice, humor and insights.

The Nipple Quilt: A Genealogical Fabric of Human Existence

by Laura Phelps Rogers, on display in the Fulginiti Foyer.  Laura's work is about personal, familial, generational, social and cultural memories. The quilt is made of life casts of people’s nipples as a means of representing and documenting the person.

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