Division of Medical Ethics

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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Justice and Child Health: the obligations of Pediatric Clinicians
Education
May 05, 2016

Justice and Child Health: the obligations of Pediatric Clinicians

Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD is the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Brosco is the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Brosco is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development. Dr. Brosco’s research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children in early 20th century Philadelphia, the historical epidemiology of intellectual disability, and the history of newborn screening in the US. His current work integrates history, ethics, and clinical practice to forge systems-level approaches to improving child health, especially regarding large-scale screening programs. Dr. Brosco's Pediatric Grand Rounds is "Justice and Child Health: the obligations of Pediatric Clinicians ... Read More

Internal Medicine
2016 Cowan Memorial Lectureships with Wylie Burke, MD, PhD
Education,
Mar 11, 2016

2016 Cowan Memorial Lectureships with Wylie Burke, MD, PhD

The 2016 Cowan Memorial Lecturer is Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Burke is also Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and a Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians. She served on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1999-2002) and the NationalHuman Genome Advisory Council (1999-2003), and was President of the American Society of Human Genetics in 2007. She is Principal Investigator of the University of Washington Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, an NIH Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research. Dr. Burkes two lectures, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, "Genomics through the lens of practical clinical wisdom,” and The Cowan Public Lectureship, “The deceptive appeal of personal genomics,”... Read More

Internal Medicine
David Green  Memorial Speakership
Education
Mar 03, 2016

David Green Memorial Speakership

Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD is the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Brosco is the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Brosco is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development. Dr. Brosco’s research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children in early 20th century Philadelphia, the historical epidemiology of intellectual disability, and the history of newborn screening in the US. His current work integrates history, ethics, and clinical practice to forge systems-level approaches to improving child health, especially regarding large-scale screening programs. As the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker, there are two opportunities to hear Dr. Brosco: April 13, 2016, Evening Ethics Discussion:“Against Informed Consent? The case for paternalism in genomic newborn screening” (5:30-7pm, Research Administration Building, Room #117) April 14, 2016, Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lectureship:“Justice and Child Health: The Obligations of Pediatric Clinicians.” (8am-9am, 3rd floor Primary Children's Hospital Auditorium)... Read More

Internal Medicine

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