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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​.   

At the Fulginiti Gallery through May 23rd - 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.​​Denver Post fine art critic Ray Mark Rinaldi says, "Human Being reinvents portrait
photography in ways that are both revolutionary and gruesome."  
Read entire review.

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.

"A Question of Mercy and Morality?  A Debate on Assisted Dying,"​ will be
held on Monday, April 27th from noon-1:00pm by Jeremy Lazarus, MD,
Jennifer Ballentine, MA and Harlan Davis Hibbard, MD.  This Ethics Bites event is
free and open to the public.

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.

Arrhythmias Spring Concert: "Facets of Love," on Monday, May 4th from
noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
    The AMC Campus choir will perform
with special guests, the Soundscape Accordion Trio.  Free and open to the public.

The Human Touch 2015: Join us for a Launch, Poetry Reading and Art Exhibit on Wednesday, May 6th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Pick up your free copy of the 2015 volume and enjoy a reception with the editors and contributors.

Marilyn Coors, PhD is the author of 3 recently published articles.  They include:
1) What Adolescents Enrolled in Genomic Addiction Research Want to Know
about Conflicts of Interes
 by Coors ME, Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Hopfer CJ,
Mikulich- Gilbertson SK. (2015).
  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
2) Adolescent Perspectives on the Return of Individual Results in Genomic
Addiction Research
Coors ME. Raymond KM, McWilliams SK, Hopfer CJ,
Mikulich- Gilbertson SK. (2015). Psychiatric Genetics, in press.
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.

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 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.

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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