The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, engages today’s and
tomorrow’s health professionals and the community in substantive,
interdisciplinary dialogue about the ethical issues surrounding
• Educating the next generation of health
care professionals who can balance the humanistic, scientific
technical dimensions of their profession
"To transplant or not to transplant? Getting a liver after attempting suicide."
Ethics Bites presentation on Monday, January 26th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti
Pavilion, by Jean Abbott, MD, MH.
On Tuesday, February 17th from noon to 1:00pm, Lois Rudnick, PhD,
Professor Emerita of American Studies at University of Massachusetts, will explore
the impact of syphilis on European and American literature, art, social reform, psychoanalysis, and the emerging women’s movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing the life and memoirs of art patron and salon hostess Mabel Dodge Luhan.
Opening on March 5th - Andrea Modica: Human Being is an exhibit of selected
photographs from a group of over one hundred skeletons secretly buried a century ago.
They were discovered in 1993, on the grounds of the Colorado Mental Health Institute,
by prison inmates who were breaking ground to build the extension of an asylum for
the criminally insane.
Art from CU Denver & Anschutz Medical Campus on display at the
Health Sciences Library from January 7-March 31. See artwork by faculty, students and staff, curated by the Library Exhibits Committee. Opening reception on Thursday, January 29th from 3-5:00pm.
The 4th International Health Humanities Conference will be held at the Fulginiti
Pavilion on April 30-May 2, 2015. Health 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.
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. Jean, along with colleagues Hillary Lum and Jeanie Youngwerth recently presented an abstract on this initiative at a Palliative Care Conference at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Conversation Starter Kit is now included in the CU School of Medicine curriculum.
"The Ethics of Ebola Control Measures," a presentation by CBH Director Matthew
Wynia, MD, MPH, was part of an Ebola Preparedness Briefing organized by the Colorado School of Public Health on October 24th. MORE INFO>> Dr. Wynia also wrote an essay published by the Denver Post; The Confusion Surrounding Ebola Risk, on Nov. 15th.
In October 2014, Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, presented "Mental Illness, Mass Shootings
and the Politics of American Firearms," to a standing-room only audience at the
Fulginiti Pavilion, as the 2nd Annual Claman Professorship. Dr. Metzl who is the
Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbuilt University
recently published his research in the American Journal of Public Health.
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 media.
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.
Jones article published in Journal of the American Medical Association:
"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. Virtual Mentor. August 2014, Volume 16, Number 8: 618-621
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.
Ethics of Caring 3rd National Nursing Ethics Conference, March 19-20,
2015 in Los Angeles, CA. The conference theme, "Conversations in Ethics,"
will highlight how communication is vitally important to supporting ethics in clinical
practice. Those relationships and communication can be challenged by a person’s
vulnerability, compromised capacity, inability to speak, being unrepresented,
lack of knowledge, language differences, or feeling threatened due to power
structures. Click to register>>
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
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.