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.
On display in the Fulginiti Gallery through August 4th:
ISWASWILLBE: The Holocaust Series - Paintings by Geoffrey Laurence. LEARN MORE>>
Thursday, May 26th from 5:00-700pm in Aspen, CO:
Quality vs. Quantity: Balancing the Tension at the End-of-Life.
This program is sponsored by The Aspen Center for Social Values. 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
The`Medical Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients’ law was signed at a ceremony on May 18th at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The measure allows physicians to act as proxies for patients unable to provide consent and with no other proxy available.
Deb Bennett-Woods of Regis University along with CU faculty Jean Abbott, MD and Jackie Glover, PhD collaborated with a coalition of ethics committees under the umbrella of the Colorado Health Care Ethics Forum to draft the legislation. “This is a national problem that has been discussed for decades,” said Glover, who teaches ethics at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. “If you were a patient without family or friends, you were appointed a guardian but that was an awful long process in Colorado.” However the new law is only the beginning. “The hard work is yet to come,” Glover said. “We now have to develop best practices going forward.” Read more in CU Anschutz Today.
"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.
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>>
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. An exhibit of artwork and photography from The Human Touch
is on display on the 2nd floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion through the end of June.
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.
Dr. Nussbaum is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the CU School of Medicine
and author of “The Finest Traditions of My Calling” (Yale University Press, 2016.)
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. Read their letters, which share advice, humor and insights.
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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