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Center for Bioethics and Humanities

VISION (the future we seek to create) 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus​ is the home of world-class programs that cultivate values, celebrate imagination and produce vibrant community conversations. 

MISSION (the passion that drives our work) 

Supporting compassionate, competent, respectful and just health care. 

What We Do 

The Center generates unique opportunities to create transformational learning, groundbreaking scholarship, thought-provoking art and inclusive conversations for Colorado health professionals, students, patients and communities.  


Showing at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion, TERRY MAKER-TIME RELEASE:​

Medical and Pharmaceutical Constructions​ through February 16, 2017.
Hours are M-F from 9:00am-5:00pm.  Free and open to the public.


Holiday Choir Performance by Vitae Vocem​ (formerly the Arrhythmias)
on Monday, December 5th from noon-1:00pm, conducted by Kevin Padworski.
Free and open to the public - refreshments served.

Health Reform: Making Sense of Our Moment, by Mark Earnest, MD, PhD,
on Thursday, December 8th from noon-1:00pm at the Anschutz Outpatient Pavlion
Room 2005.  Click for details​ on University of Colorado Hospital Ethics Grand Rounds.

HARD CALL - What Would You Do?  DERAILED: When mental illness throws life off track,
on Monday, December 12th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Fulginti Pavilion.
When an entrepreneur suffers from a mental illness, it triggers a series of high-stakes
decisions for him, his family, his colleagues, and his doctors. A lively theatrical reenactment
of this true story.  As an audience member, you'll vote on each Hard CallThis free event
is open to the community, health professionals, faculty and patients.



Matthew Wynia, MD was featured in a 9NEWS Investigative Report, "Why
does insulin keep getting more expensive?"
  This is part of their 
“Side Effects”
series on the rising costs of drugs.


Call for submissions to The Human Touch 2017 is now open.​
Students, faculty, staff and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus are invited to
submit prose, poetry, photography, graphic art and new categories of video, music
and audio. 
This edition will be dedicated to Dr. Henry Claman, founder of The Human
.  Deadline is December 19, 2016.  LEARN MORE>>

The 7th Annual CCTSI Research Ethics Conference held at the Fulginiti on 11/3,
drew over 120 attendees for this year's topic, "Return of Research Results:
What Do We Owe Participants," and featured keynote presenter James Evans,
MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Genetics in Medicine.

It is with deep sadness that the faculty and staff of the Center for Bioethics and
Humanities mark the passing of Dr. Henry Claman on September 3, 2016.  Henry
founded the medical humanities program in the School of Medicine, and his tireless 
work and ongoing generosity sustained programs such as the weekly “Arts in Medicine
Lecture Series” and the annual publication,
The Human Touch, that are an enduring part
of the Anschutz Medical Campus culture.  We will miss Henry’s creativity, commitment,
curiosity and humanity.  The family suggests that contributions be made to The Denver
Hospice, Friends of Chamber Music, Temple Emanuel, or the Arts and Humanities in
Healthcare Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.  Click to Make a Contribution.


The One Colorado Education Fund recognized Center faculty Daniel Reirden, MD,
with it's 2016 Ally Award.  Dr. Reirden is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital
Youth and Young Adult HIV program and has been instrumental in the creation of
Children’s Hospital Colorado’s new multi-disciplinary program for gender non-conforming
and transgender children, adolescents, and young adults. View a video describing his
outstanding work and service to the community.


Governor Signs CU Anschutz and Regis University Backed Patient Care Law.
A coalition from Regis University and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
were behind a new law recently signed by Governor Hickenlooper, allowing
doctors to take better care of the most vulnerable patients in hospitals and
emergency rooms.​  Read more in CU Anschutz Today​.  Summary of HB16-1101.


SAVE THE DATE:  Monday, April 24, 2017 we will host a lecture and panel 
discussion commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trials. 
The program will feature Stacy Gallin, DMH, Tessa Chelouche, MD, and Susan M. 
Miller, MD, MPH, FACP. Learn more about the Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary
Bioethics Program.​

Reflective MedEd​, a blog dedicated to reflective pedagogy and care of the person
in medical education, has a new article by Delese Wear and Therese Jones on the
shift from medical humanities to health humanities. 


Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH​, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, was
named to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes.​
The association approved establishing a commission last summer when the association
adopted a policy prohibiting psychologists from participating in national security
investigations. The commission is expected to complete its work in 2016 with a progress
report due in August. The final report is planned for February 2017. 


NEW: Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics.  One of only a few
such programs nationwide, this certificate program is intended to enrich the training
of health professions students and graduate students in the humanities and social
sciences as well as enhance the expertise of working professionals. Learn more>>​ 


Letters to a Third Year Student, 2016 Edition​ - 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.  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - We are now accepting contributions to the upcoming 2017 Edition - Deadline is January 1, 2017.  LEARN MORE>>​​​ 


National Growth in Interdisciplinary Health Humanities Programs:  Several years
ago, Dr. Tess Jones​ embarked on a project with two colleagues, to track the development
of existing and new medical/health humanities programs in undergraduate institutions:
majors, minors (like ours at CU Denver), concentrations, and tracks.  Of note in the
latest report
is the tremendous growth of interdisciplinary programs in health and
healthcare.  This offers important information for both pre-health professions students
who are actively looking for such diversity and for those who will be reviewing
applications and teaching many of these graduates. 

The Wall Street Journal (5/8/16) featured an article, When Doctors Stop Seeing
 by Abraham Nussbaum, MD,​ Chief Education Officer at Denver Health, and Associate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.  Dr. Nussbaum is the 
author of a recent book, “The Finest Traditions of My Calling” (Yale University Press, 2016.) 


A pilot production of Hard Call, a new series exploring shades of gray in medicine’s difficult choices was held in October, 2015.  The event focused on the ethical and medical questions raised by the use of electronic hearts.  Follow us on Twitter @HardCallShow or on Facebook.  Visit the Hard Call website​ for details. 

Senior medical student David Murphy published, "Listening to the Voices
from the Bateyes,"
a Spanish-language book about HIV in the Dominican Republic.  “The stories are amazing, powerful, unique and provide another perspective about living with HIV,” says Therese Jones, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The Center provided a scholarship to Murphy to help fund his publication. 

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
was featured in a CUToday profile.  Dr. Wynia was also interviewed about diagnostic
errors on Colorado Matters.  Listen to the story on Colorado Public Radio. 


Jean Abbott, MD, MH​, is one of the co-founders of The Conversation Project
in Boulder County, which encourages adults to express their values and wishes for
the amount and types of end-of-life care they wish to receive.  The Conversation
Starter Kit
 is now included in the CU School of Medicine curriculum.

An article published in American Medical Association Journal of Ethics:
"Creating a Space for the Arts and Humanities at the Anschutz Medical Campus,"
by Center Associate Director Therese Jones, PhD, describes our unique facility
and program which encompasses education, inquiry, expression and engagement.


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.


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. 

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

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