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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.  


What Worries You Most? on display in the Fulginti rear lobby. Medical students distributed
cards to patients in the Emergency Department that read "What Worries You Most?"
The responses were eye-opening.  These cards remind us that the ailments bringing people
into the emergency department are often not their main concern.​  

Coming in September - Rembrandt Etchings from the Tobia and Morton Mower Collection.


The 2017 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum​  (CHEF) Annual Conference 
will be held on June 8-9.
  This year's theme is “The Conscience of The Health Care Professional.”  Participants will explore how health professionals skillfully
navigate conflicts of conscience in a way that preserves moral and professional integrity.


The Aspen Program for Ethical Healthcare Leadership will be held on September
11-13, 2017.   As health care becomes more integrated, complicated, and personalized,
forward-thinking leaders must adapt to an environment in which multiple stakeholders
will hold varying – and sometimes conflicting – role responsibilities, values and
expectations.  This program is targeted at health care leaders and those rising to
leadership positions in health care organizations.  LEARN MORE>>​


Congratulations to Tess Jones, PhD, Director of the Arts and Humanities in
Healthcare Program, who was 
named the recipient of the Science, Medicine and
the Arts Award
by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.  J. Landis Martin, chairman of
the board for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, commended the program “for changing
the way healthcare education can use the arts to help patients, students and 
providers alike, and achieve better healthcare outcomes for all.” 
View the video to learn more>>​.

The Human Touch 2017 is now available for free at the Fulginiti Pavilion or AMC Bookstore.
This 10th edition provides an opportunity for artists and writers to represent issues of health,
illness, relationships and care through imaginative and inspirational materials such as poetry,
prose, photography, visual arts and graphic stories.  LEARN MORE>>

Jackie Glover, PhD, is featured in a short video, "The importance of Ethics
Committees in the Evolving Healthcare Environment,"​
published by the
American Journal of Managed Care.  
She describes how ethics committees are
becoming more involved in developing and maintaining the ethical climate or culture
of an institution.

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

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>>​ 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Report​ is now available!
We are proud to share our first annual report, which summarizes the many accomplishments of the Center during the past year.

Jean Abbott, MD, MH published, Teaching Medical Students about “The Conversation”:
an interactive value-based advance care planning session
, in the American Journal of
Hospice and Palliative Care.   In this study, CU
 medical students received a presentation on Advance Care Planning, and discussed their own values and wishes. 
Dr. Abbott was also
recently interviewed by
Kim Mooney of KGNU​, about medical ethics and communication
near the end-of-life.

HARD CALL:  Join us for the real stories of life and death, illness and well-being,
ethics and values, costs and controversies – the kinds of conversations that have
too often been reserved for professionals and held behind closed doors.  Hard Call
is a compendium of live events, podcasts, and educational materials that illuminate
the most challenging situations in health care.  LEARN MORE>>

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.


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

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. 

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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