Medical Ethics and Humanities Division

Medical Ethics and Humanities Division

Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities Courses

Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities Courses

Annual Conference and Ethics Programs

Annual Conference and Ethics Programs

Ethics Discussions & Literature in Medicine Programs

Ethics Discussions & Literature in Medicine Programs

Division of
Medical Ethics and Humanities

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.

Upcoming Featured Events

2015 David Green Memorial Speaker, Mark Mercurio, MD, MA: 

Mark Mercurio, MD

Dr. Mark Mercurio is Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program, Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, and Associate Director of the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on the main campus. Recent work has appeared in Pediatrics, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and the Journal of Perinatology. He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Dr. Mercurio will present the following as 2015 David Green Memorial Lecturer:


Featured Publication

The Patient

The Patient as Victim and Vector
Ethics and Infectious Disease

Margaret P. Battin
Leslie P. Francis
Jay A. Jacobson
Charles B. Smith


Legislative News Alert

The Utah Advance Health Care Directive Act went into effect 1/1/08. Instructions and Form, electronic Instructions and Form, and a Provider Guide to the new law, and various presentations on the law are available at


"Conflict," a reflection in dance on the experience of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), created by Lee Audd

As their schedules allow, students in their 3rd and 4th years of study at the School of Medicine can choose from several elective seminars. In April 2012, Gretchen Case offered "Disability, Art, and Culture," a 2-week elective course that explored the meanings of disability beyond the medical perspectives of treatment and rehabilitation. The class focused on the ways that disability informs the literary, visual, and performing arts--and how the arts affect ideas of disability. Given the option of a creative final project, the students rose to the challenge, making extraordinary works of art that included photography, painting, glass sculpture, collage and multimedia, cooking, poetry, and dance. This video shows a performance of one of those final projects. "Conflict," a reflection on the experience of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), was created by Lee Audd, at the time a 4th-year medical student and now a resident in anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His sister-in-law, Ariane Audd, a 2012 graduate of the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah, co-created and dances the piece in this video.

Best Medical Ethics Essay

Congratulations to Katherine Poruk as the recipient of the 2012 Best Medical Ethics Essay Award!

Katherine PorukKatherine 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.