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
• 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.
Center Director, Dr. Matthew Wynia is co-author of an article in the May 12 edition
of the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled, "Of the Profession, by
the Profession, and for Patients, Families, and Communities : ABMS Board Certification and Medicine’s Professional Self-regulation". This viewpoint, written with the President of the ABMS, describes the role of board certification in
collective professional self-regulation, current challenges and future directions.
Natalie Kutner: Women and Children First on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion Gallery through August 13, 2015. Click for details including the exhibit brochure, a recording of "Kutner in Context," a conversation during the opening event with Curator Simon Zalkind and Lanny DeVuono, Associate Professor of Art, University of Colorado Denver, as well as photos from the opening reception. More>>
MaryLou Wallace, CGMP, and Program Assistant at the Center for Bioethics
and Humanities received the President's Award, from the Rocky Mountain Chapter
of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals on June 28, 2015. The award
recognizes her enthusiasm and commitment to the Chapter.
Fear-based Medicine: Using Scare Tactics in the Clinical Encounter, is the title of a post in The Health Care Blog by Namratha Kandula, MD and Matthew Wynia, MD. The article suggests that fear appeals have limited utility in the clinical encounter, and that any appeal to fear must be coupled with communication strategies that increase motivation, autonomy and competence in patients.
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH; William Silvers, MD and Jeremy Lazarus, MD publiished a letter in the June, 2015 edition of Academic Medicine entitled, How Do U.S. and Canadian Medical Schools Teach About the Role of Physicians in the Holocaust? They note survey results showing that only 22 of 140 medical schools in the United States and Canada have any required curricular elements on the roles of physicians in the Holocaust.
The 4th International Health Humanities Conference was held at the Fulginiti Pavilion from April 30-May 2, 2015. Health Humanities: The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practices and Politics) brought together over 130 scholars, educators, clinicians, health advocates,
students and caregivers from eight countries, to identify the core
issues and guiding values as well as define the expanding scope of the
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.The Human Touch 2015 is now available.
Pick up your free copy of the annual anthology of prose, poetry, graphic art and photography created by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus at either the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities or the AMC Bookstore. An exhibition of art and photography from The Human Touch was on display on the 2nd floor of the Fulginiti Pavilion from May 6 through July 6, 2015.
Marilyn Coors, PhD is the author of 3 recently published articles. They include:
3) Ethical Precepts for Medical Volunteerism: Including Local Voices and
Values to Guide RHD Surgery in Rwanda by Coors ME, Matthew T, Matthew D.
Journal of Medical Ethics, in press.
Senior medical student David Murphy recently 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’s Arts and
Humanities in Healthcare Program is providing a scholarship to Murphy to help
fund his publication. Learn more>>
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.
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 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.
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
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. Read more in UCH Insider.
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