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

Joellyn Duesberry, In An Instant: New York-Before and After 9/11
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.
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
"Art, Trauma and Healing​," by Katherine Reed, Art Therapist
at Children's Hospital Colorado and Simon Zalkind, Independent
Art Advisor and Curator on Monday, October 6th from noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Arts in Medicine lectures are free and
open to the public.

"Who Decides? The Decision to Withdraw Ventilator Support at a
Patient's Request," on Thursday, October 9th from noon-1:00pm
at the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion 2, Schroffel Conference Center
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv, Mgr. Spiritual Services and Co-Chair
of the UCH Ethics Committee, with Richard Martinez, MD as psychiatrist and Sharon Langendoerfer, MD as ethicist. For more info on University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Grand Rounds, contact Betsy Benjamin at (303) 848-4063.

"Protecting Research Participants' Privacy:  Is it Possible? 
Is it Important?" is the topic of the 5th Annual CCTSI Research
Conference on Thursday, October 9th from 10am-2pm
, featuring
keynote speaker Chris Hoofnagle, JD, from UC Berkley Law School.
Click for details about this free event.​

The second annual Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship
in the Medical Humanities brings Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, who
will present, "Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms,"
on Thursday, October 23rd from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Dr. Metzl is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. This endowment provides annual support for a visiting professor in the field of medical humanities and arts, 
bringing new perspectives and voices to our campus.​

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 print edition of The Human Touch 2014​ is now 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 4th International Health Humanities Conference will be held at the
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 well 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.

Marilyn Coors, PhD published, "Reporting Actionable Research
Results: Shared Secrets Can Save Lives
" in Science Translational Medicine.

Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship

The second annual visiting professor will be Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, from Vanderbilt University on October 23rd.  This generous endowment provides annual support for a visiting professor in the field of medical humanities and arts, bringing new perspectives and voices to our campus.  View the 2013 inaugural event: physician and poet Rafael Campo.
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