The Division is sponsored by the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
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.
Dan W. Brock was the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Director of the Division of Medical Ethics at the Harvard Medical School. He retired from Harvard at the end of 2013. Click here for Dr. Brock's 2014 Cowan Memorial Public Lecture from March 27, 2014: "The Future of Bioethics--From Clinic to Population"
Congratulations to Katherine Poruk as the recipient of the 2012 Best Medical Ethics Essay Award!
Katherine Poruk has earned this year's award for her essay, "Too Old for an Organ: The Ethical Dilemma of Age in Cardiac Transplantation." Katherine has agreed to share an abridged version of her reflective essay in our Fall Medical Ethics and Humanities Newsletter.
The award for the Best Medical Ethics Essay is received by a student in the Medical Ethics Course for Senior Medical Students, a required course taught each Spring by the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities.