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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 contemporary healthcare.

• Educating the next generation of health care professionals who can balance the humanistic, scientific
  and technical dimensions of their profession

• Encouraging responsible development and use of emerging technologies

• Involving diverse and previously unrepresented voices in community dialogue

• Bridging the precision of science and the complexity of patients' lives



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

Cutting Edge: Contemporary Surgical Illustration​ through February 19th.  
This exhibit is a celebration of surgical illustration showcasing the works of talented
Colorado–based medical illustrators as well as a special guest artist – Corinne Sandone, the current Director of the Johns Hopkins Graduate Program in Art as Applied  to Medicine​.

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
is featured in a CUToday profile (Nov, 2014).  Dr. Wynia was also recently interviewed about diagnostic errors on Colorado MattersListen to the story on Colorado Public Radio. 

Essay Contest Recognizes Humanism in Medicine - Cash Prizes of $500,
$250, and $150 To Be Awarded.  
Are you a Colorado healthcare student?
Do you know a healthcare  professional or interdisciplinary team that embodies humanism in medicine? Life Quality Institute and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities invite you to submit an essay reflecting on the practice of patient-centered care based on the principles of:
•    Open communication
•    Mutual respect, and
•    Emotional connection between health professionals and their patient
Click for details and submission deadline.

Submission deadline EXTENDED until January 5th, 2015. 
 Please follow the link for submission instructions.  
The Human Touch 2014 is available at the AMC Bookstore or at the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby.  This is the
7th annual volume of poetry, prose and 
visual art created and contributed by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus. 
You may also read The Human Touch online.

"Where's God in Healthcare Today?" is a forum to be held on January 22nd.
This event is a partnership between the Denver Institute for Faith and Work and
the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, which will bring Dr. Ray Barfield from Duke
University to discuss three issues;
Suffering and Hope in the Healthcare Practitioner's
Vocation,  Justice and Healthcare Equity: Is There a Role for Faith Communities? and
Living a Fully Human Life to the End"   
Click for information and registration​.

"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.

Jack Cochran, MD, alum SOM Class of '73, will discuss his new book,
"The Doctor Crisis,"​
on Monday, January 12th from noon-1:00pm at the
Fulginiti Pavilion.
  In his book, Dr. Cochran, who is the Executive Director of the
Permanente Federation, advocates for the role of the doctor as not only a healer
but also a leader and partner — with patients, staff, administrators and policy-makers alike.​

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 Awardwhich 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
," 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​

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.


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.  Learn more>>

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
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.

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