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MISSION

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

NEWS & EVENTS 

 

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


Opening on March 5th - Human Being:  Photographs by Andrea Modica 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.​​

Annual Conference - Ethical Issues in Genetics: A Family Perspective on 
Friday, March 6th
, at Children's Hospital Colorado.  This conference will bring
together families, health care workers, ethics committee members and genetics 
specialists to discuss a broad range of value-laden issues in genetics.  Click for flyer.


Marjorie Levine-Clark, PhD, will present "Gender, Health and Welfare: 
A Historical Case Study from England,"
 on Monday, March 9th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of the UCD College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.​


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.


The proposed Colorado Death with Dignity Act was passionately debated for nearly
10 hours on February 6th at the State Capital.  Ultimately it was voted down in a 9-4 vote by the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee, but the discussion lives on. Channel 9 News interviewed Dr. Jean Abbott, faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, who argues the proposal is ethical.  Colorado neurologist Dr. Lynn Parry
(who serves on the Center's Advisory Board) disagrees, arguing that the law sends dangerous signals.


Healing Through the Arts: The Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program
at Children's Hospital Colorado, will be presented on Monday, March 16th
from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion by Tony Edelblute, LPC, MT-BC, 
Tisha Adams, EdD, LPC, ATR-BC, and Erin Anderson, LPC, BC-DMT.


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>>​​


Molly Medakovich, PhD, will present "Women Artists of the 18th
Century
," on Monday, March 30 from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Learn about artists who were “exceptions to the rule” and thrived in the art world,
despite the limitations inscribed on them by contemporary social, medical and
literary discourses.


Stories on Stage: Stephen Cole Hughes will present "Sir Henry," a short story by Lydia Millet, on Monday, April 6th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  The story deals, in part, with issues surrounding a terminal illness, and the responsibilities the living may feel towards the dying.


Colorado Health Ethics Forum - 2015 Conference​ - April 9th and 10th
in Thornton, CO.  The conference theme is Emerging Models in Healthcare:
New Issues, New Models, New Potentials.  Click for details and program.



Eric Schwartz
was featured in "Tattoos: Fine Art for the Masses," on
CBS Sunday Morning.  Schwartz's photographs and documentary film,
Tattoo Nation, were shown at the Fulginiti Gallery in Fall, 2013. 



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



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.


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.  


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.


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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