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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. 


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.  


Scott Chamberlin: A Body of Work – Sculptures & Drawings
On display in the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti from September 6-December 3, 2018.  

Mapping the Body: Poetry & Anatomical Art, 
an exhibit featuring original artwork from the
Modern Human Anatomy Program affiliates from CU Anschutz, paired with original poetry written
by creative writing students from CU Denver, is on display in the rear lobby of the Fulginiti Pavilion
from August 23-December 13, 2018.   

Showing (work x family), is a multi-screen photography installation featuring the work of
135 renowned American photographers.  Join us for an opening reception and talk on
Friday January 11th 
from 4:30-7:00pm at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Free and open to the public.  The exhibit runs from January 11-April 12, 2019. 

We are also sponsoring Showing (work x family) Our Community​a juried exhibition
of photographs taken by our neighbors from the Aurora and Denver communities and across
Colorado, that portray the overlap of work and family – what that means and what that looks
like in the lives of our kids, coworkers, elders, partners, and society.  We are seeking images
that capture the diversity and challenge of balancing everyday routines and situations. 
Submission deadline is December 6, 2018.  
En español>>​


Gender Identity Patient Panel:​  Digital stories produced by students, with a panel of
patients that they interviewed.  Monday November 26th from noon-1:00pm at the
Fulginiti Pavilion
.  Lunch provided.

HIV Patient Panel:​ Digital stories produced by students, with a panel of patients that
they interviewed.  Monday December 3rd from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Lunch provided.

Rockley Family Foundation Musical Instrument Sale​ - Thursday-Saturday,
December 6th-8th  at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
Make an appointment at (303) 724-7591.

Anschutz Campus Choir Concert - Monday December 10th from noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
 "Sing to Me,"​ will celebrate the beauty and brightness of life
through song.  Free and open to the public.  Lunch provided.


The Call for Submissions for The Human Touch 2019 is Now Open.  Students,
faculty, staff and friends of the AMC campus are invited to submit prose, poetry,
photography, graphic art and online categories of video, music and audio.  Deadline is
December 31.  Click for details about The Human Touch​ or Submit Here>>

Deadline Extended to 11/30: Interprofessional Student Case-Writing Contest​​
​Students are invited to author a short case scenario of an ethical issue that might be
faced in the health professions. This first competition is inspired by the Deadly Medicine
exhibit, and the case should explore an ethical topic related to lessons learned from the
legacy of health professionals’ voluntary involvement in the WWII Genocides / Holocaust.
First prize is $600 to the winning team.  Download flyer​ or click for details​>>​​

CBH faculty Heather Fitzgerald, MS, RN, was recently appointed to a 4-year
term on the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human
Advisory Board.

Treating a Patient with a DNR Tattoo:  A patient arrives in the emergency room
unconscious and in dire straits, and he has DO NOT RESUSCITATE tattooed across
his chest.  What should health care providers do?  This dilemma is the focus
on an article by Jackie Glover, PhD, in the fall edition of CU Medicine Today​.  

Eric Campbell, PhD, Director of Research at CBH, was interviewed by the Boston
about how hospitals are warning doctors that they must publicly disclose their
financial relationships with pharmaceutical and device companies. “Drug companies
have a right to the knowledge these people have, but hospital chief executives should
not be paid extra to serve on boards," Campbell said.

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH is a co-author of a recent article in the Annals of Internal
Clinicians' Perspectives on Providing Emergency-Only Hemodialysis
to Undocumented Immigrants: A Qualitative Study”

About half of oncologists reported they recommended cannabis for cancer
related symptoms, according to study findings published in Journal of Clinical
.  However, fewer than 30% of oncologists felt knowledgeable enough to
make a recommendation, the survey showed.  "There is clearly room for improvement
when it comes to medical marijuana,” says co-author Eric Campbell, PhD.
Read full story>>

Tess Jones, PhD wrote a chapter, "The Becoming of My Life": Liminality,
Pathography and Identity," in the recently published book Imaging and
Interpreting Illness: Becoming a Broken Body
by Darien Stahl.

Center Director Matthew Wynia commented on medical records privacy, related to
the "raid" on Trump physician Dr. Harold Bornstein's NYC office, in an article
published by SFGATE, website of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Read full story>>​

A recent survey of over 7,000 researchers in nine fields published in ScienceAdvances,
breaks down researcher openness by discipline.  Clinical and basic medical science
ranked in the middle in terms of prepublication disclosure of research results.  
"The survey confirms existing assumptions that competition and commercialization
influence when scientists share their results,"​
noted Eric Campbell, Director of Research
at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, in the May 17 edition of Nature​

VALUES & ETHICS CASE COMPETITION - Form a student team and write a case. 
will be evaluated for possible use during the spring 2019 Interprofessional
Education and Development (IPED) course.
 Click to download flyer​​ ​or 

Center for Bioethics and Humanities 2017 Annual Report​ 
Read about the activities and accomplishments of the team at the Center.  The last year
brought both new opportunities and recognition for our programs.  The report has over
two-dozen links to videos, articles and supplemental information.  For a paper copy,
contact MaryLou Wallace​ at (303) 724-3994. 

Health Affairs Today featured an essay,  "Accepting Professional Accountability:
A Call For Uniform National Data Collection On Medical Aid-In-Dying,"
Jean T. Abbott, Jacqueline J. Glover and Matthew K. Wynia.

HARD CALL:  A podcast series presenting the human stories behind the tough decisions
we're forced to make about our health.  Hard Call is a compendium of live events, podcasts,
and educational materials that illuminate the most challenging situations in health care.
Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia was interviewed on "Colorado Matters" about Hard Call.
The podcast was also featured in AMA Hard Wire​.   

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. APPLICATIONS
NOW BEING ACCEPTED:   Learn more>>​ 

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, is featured in an interview in The Atlantic about
discrimination in pain medicine.  The article cites his paper, “Pain, objectivity and
history: understanding pain stigma,”
published in the February 2017 edition of
Medical Humanities 

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.


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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