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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.  Dr. Wynia was also interviewed about diagnostic errors on Colorado MattersListen to the story on Colorado Public Radio. 

"The Radiance of Ordinary Things," photography by William Reiquam is
on display at the Robert Anderson Gallery through February 28th.  Dr. Reiquam
is a retired University of Colorado pathologist/pediatrician who has been creating
unique photographic images for more than eight decades. 

Lisa Keranen, PhD will present, "This Weird, Incurable Disease: Competing 
Diagnoses in the Case of a Contested Illness,"
 on Monday, February 2nd from
noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Dr. Keranen will discuss, "How have patients and the medical community constructed Morgellons Disease?," and "What we can learn from the competing rhetorical appeals for understanding this contested illness?".

"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
," 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
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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