Division of Medical Ethics & Humanities

The Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities' mission is to prepare physicians to provide respectful, humane patient care, to address current ethical problems in health care through research and discussion and to engage with providers, patients, and families to resolve their ethical conflicts.  We use relevant medicine, law, moral reasoning, literature, drama, and art to inform physicians about ethical issues and prepare them to empathize and communicate compassionately.

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Recognition, Education
Sep 13, 2017

How Americans Could Have Cheap Health Care Almost Instantly

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In a recent TIME article, Margaret Battin, professor of philosophy and adjunct professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, proposes a new workable solution that would provide universal, comprehensive, and affordable healthcare for Americans. To accomplish this, Battin suggests increasing VA funding in order to reform the system to include civilians. ... Read More

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Max & Sara Cowan Memorial Speakership: Jay Baruch, MD
Research, Education
Jan 31, 2017

Max & Sara Cowan Memorial Speakership: Jay Baruch, MD

Our 2017 Sara and Max Cowan Memorial Lecturer in Humanistic Medicine is Jay Baruch, MD. He is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he serves as the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration. What's Left Out (Kent State University Press, 2015), his latest collection of short fiction, received a ForeWord Reviews 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Award in the short fiction category. His first collection of short fiction, Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers, (Kent State University Press, 2007) was Honorable Mention in the short story category in ForeWord Magazine’s 2007 Book of the Year Awards. His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous print and online medical and literary journals. Dr. Baruch presently serves as a Director-at-Large, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the medical humanities section chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was recently selected to receive the inaugural Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. There will be three opportunities to see Dr. Baruch. (See descriptions, below.) We hope that you can join us for any or all of them:  Evening Ethics: Whose Story to Tell? The Ethics of Physicians Writing Their Experience (Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) (Rm #2120)  Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: Cowan Memorial Lecure: Why Physicians Need to Think Like Creative Writers (Thursday, March 23rd, 7:45am-9:00am, HSEB 1750)  Cowan Memorial Public Lecture: Doctors As Makers: Creativity in the Clinic (Thursday, March 23rd, noon-1:00pm, HSEB 3515B, boxed lunches provided)... Read More

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