VISION (the future we seek to create)
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is home to world-class programs that are proven to 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.
Botanical Illustrations, organized in partnership with the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare
Program and the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, opens
on Thursday, September 8th.
Among Dreams, an exhibit by artist Chelsea Rae Klein,
traces the invisible histories of LGBTQI Veterans and Active Duty Members.
On display in the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby. LEARN MORE>>
Student Advisory Group: We're organizing an interprofessional group of students
interested in bringing ethics and humanities to the forefront of healthcare education.
Kickoff meeting on Thursday September 15th from noon-1:00pm. Free lunch!
The Aspen Program for Ethical Healthcare Leadership:
Explore how ethical responsibilities and relationships between governing bodies,
chief executives, senior managers, clinical leaders and other key stakeholders
can affect safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and effective patient-centered care.
September 18-21, 2016. LEARN MORE>>
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.
The Aspen Times featured an article, "Why physician-assisted dying proposals
won't die," by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.
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.
"How the Holocaust Still Echoes Today in Bioethics," is the subject of an
interview with Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH and Art Caplan, PhD, on PBS Colorado
State of Mind. This May 2nd discussion was part of the Holocaust Genocide and
Contemporary Bioethics Program. And read the CU Medicine Today article,
"Teaching Medical Ethics and the Holocaust," in the May, 2016 edition.
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>>
The Human Touch 2016 is now available (for free) at the Fulginiti Pavilion or
the AMC Bookstore. This is the 9th volume of poetry, prose and visual art by
students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus. 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
Patients, 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
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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