RESEARCH
Jul 08, 2021

CHeEtAH Puts Health Care in a New Context

Ethics, arts and humanities might not be the first three words that come to mind when discussing health care, but the intersection of those three are crucial to practicing medicine. “Health care is ultimately humans giving care to humans,” said Gretchen Case, Ph.D. “Giving the best and most appropriate care requires understanding many human experiences and contexts, which is what ethics, arts and humanities do best.”... Read More

RESEARCH
Jul 01, 2021

University of Utah Health Announces Launch of New Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH)

University of Utah Health and the University of Utah announce the establishment of the Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH). The new center marks an exciting expansion of a 30-year-old program in medical ethics and humanities in the U of U School of Medicine. The creation of CHeEtAH demonstrates the need for ethics, arts, and humanities scholarship related to health care has grown in the past decades, particularly during the ongoing pandemic and calls for greater health equity.... Read More

RESEARCH
Apr 14, 2021

IN FOCUS Discussion: CRISPR and genetic editing

Gene editing is not a new concept. However, with a new technology called CRISPR, it is even easier to get the desired results from gene editing. In this article, Drs Dana Carroll and Jim Tabery from the University of Utah explore what this new technology means for individuals and for society. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 08, 2020

Marina Gomberg: If You’ve Ever Felt Or Dealt COVID shame, Read This

The shame that comes with illness can be detrimental to our health and well being. Unfortunately, shame for illness has been apart of human nature for as long as we can remember. Dr. Gretchen Case, PhD, discussed in a recent article the need to change that dynamic. In this article Dr. Case and two of her colleagues discuss this issue more in depth and encourage us to treat others with kindness and respect, especially when it comes to the shame that illnesses like COVID-19 bring.... Read More

EDUCATION
Nov 24, 2020

Letter: Be Safe This Holiday Season

Spending time in the hospital or watching those we love suffer is never a fun experience. Especially not around the holidays. In this letter written by Dr. Gretchen Case, she shares her own personal experience with hospitals and the holidays and pleads with others to make smart and safe choices so they don't have to experience similar heartbreak. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 22, 2020

Their Dad Died After A COVID-19 Outbreak at Work. Utah Has Made it Difficult For Them to Sue

One Utah family lost their father to COVID-19 earlier this year. Now they are seeking compensation from the company where they believed he contracted it while at work. Dr. Teneille Brown, JD, Adjunct Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities discussed how the immunity laws signed by the Governor earlier this year shields large companies from responsibility if their employees contract COVID-19 on their premises.... Read More

RECOGNITION
May 26, 2020

Dr. Brent Kious Selected as Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar

Dr. Brent Kious (Faculty, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) has been selected as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar for the class of 2023. This extremely prestigious award is a 3-year fellowship that will allow Dr. Kious to spend 50% of his time in bioethics research, effective July 1. Three PMEH faculty - Drs. Peggy Battin, Leslie Francis and Jeff Botkin serve as mentors for his project. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 20, 2020

Old and New Ways of Coping with COVID-19: Ethics Matters (Part II)

In part two of a two-part series on pandemic control strategies in response to COVID-19, Drs. Leslie Francis (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) and Margaret Battin (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) explain how prompt and widespread testing efforts might help avoid unnecessary use of ethically troubling control strategies.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 20, 2020

Old and New Ways of Coping with COVID-19: Ethics Matters (Part I)

In part one of a two-part series on pandemic control strategies in response to COVID-19, Drs. Leslie Francis (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) and Margaret Battin (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) discuss how modern COVID-19 control strategies have ancient roots. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 20, 2020

The Petrie-Flom Center: Disability, COVID, and Triage

The COVID-19 Pandemic is raising difficult to answer questions regarding the allocation of scare resources, such as ventilators. Providers are struggling to triage access to ventilators ethically. Some have argued that we should consider health status and maximizing health outcomes. Others counter that using health status to determine access would discriminate against people living with disabilities, relegating them to second class status. Featuring Dr. Leslie Francis (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities). ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 17, 2020

Public Health Law Watch - LIVE

Dr. Leslie Francis (Adjunct Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities), recently appeared on a live stream of Public Health Law Watch, where she discussed the ethical and legal aspects of HIPPA during the COVID-19 crisis. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Apr 14, 2020

College of Pharmacy Students Contribute to COVID-19 Fight by Compounding and Distributing Hand Sanitizer

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, hand soaps and sanitizers are critical for safe sanitary practices. However, this has led to shortages on store shelves, even as the need is still tremendous. Thanks to students in the College of Pharmacy and Dr. Jim Ruble (Adjunct Associate Professor, Program for Medical Ethics & Humanities), hand sanitizer has been compounded and distributed to areas in need around the U of U Health system. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 07, 2020

How to Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

Dr. James Tabery (Adjunct Associate Professor, Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities) shares insight as to how hospitals triage patients to save the most lives as possible with limited resources during the COVID-19 crisis. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 20, 2020

4 Ethical Dilemmas for Healthcare Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak poses four primary ethical challenges in the healthcare sector in regards to treatment, testing, the role of healthcare workers, and the possible vaccine. Featuring Dr. Jim Tabery, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Associate Professor for the Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Jan 09, 2020

The Healing Power of Poetry

Poetry may not be common in the medical setting. But more hospitals and medical schools are turning to the power of the written word, and poetry in particular, to help patients process their conditions and heal. Featuring Dr. Susan Sample from the Program in Medical Ethics & Humanities. ... Read More

EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Aug 01, 2019

Cancer Patient Finds Healing Through Power of Words

Cancer patients at Huntsman Cancer Institute find healing through the reflective writing and poetry workshops of HCI resident writer, Susan Sample, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Program in Medical Ethics and Humanities. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 14, 2019

KRCL's RADIOACTIVE: JANUARY 8, 2019

Gretchen Case, PhD (Medical Ethics & Humanities) was interviewed on KRCL's RADIOACTIVE about the upcoming performance - Healthcare: Stories of Illness and Wellness, a special night of storytelling about healthcare. ... Read More

Curbing Opioid Addiction
RESEARCH
Jun 22, 2018

Curbing Opioid Addiction

Tanielle Brown, JD, is a law professor at the U of U College of Law whose expertise is well-suited to addiction-related scholarship. She has joined the School of Medicine where she will focus her research on legal and ethical implications of the biomedical sciences and health care.... Read More

Is Medical Aid in Dying Suicide?
EDUCATION
May 03, 2018

Is Medical Aid in Dying Suicide?

Margaret Battin, MD (Medical Ethics and Humanities) was lead author of a statement issued by the American Association of Suicidology in November 2017 asserting that medical aid in dying (MAiD) is distinct from suicide and hence the two should not be conflated.... Read More

Newborn Screening Leaders Honored by APHL
RECOGNITION
Mar 20, 2018

Newborn Screening Leaders Honored by APHL

This year's recipient is Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities. Dr. Botkin’s research and leadership has influenced the dialogue and policies on newborn screenings at the national and state level.... Read More

RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Sep 13, 2017

How Americans Could Have Cheap Health Care Almost Instantly

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

Max & Sara Cowan Memorial Speakership: Jay Baruch, MD
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Jan 31, 2017

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

David Green  Memorial Speakership: Mary E. Fallat, MD
EDUCATION
Jan 05, 2017

David Green Memorial Speakership: Mary E. Fallat, MD

Mary E. Fallat, MD is the 2017 David Green Memorial Lecturer. Dr. Fallat is the Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville, Division Director of Pediatric Surgery, and Chief of Surgery at Norton Children’s Hospital where she has been in active clinical practice for nearly 30 years. Dr. Fallat has a long history of service and leadership in Pediatric Surgery. She is the recent past president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and recent Chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery. She is the current Secretary of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics. There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Fallat: an Evening Ethics Discussion, February 15, 2017, “My patient has a DNAR order and needs an operation: What should I do?” (5:30pm-7:00pm, Research Administration Building, room # 117) and Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lectureship, February 16, 2017, “Difficult Decisions, Disclosure, and Personal Coping in Pediatric Termination of Resuscitation” (8am-9am, 3rd floor Primary Children's Hospital Auditorium). ... Read More

2016 Cowan Memorial Lectureships with Wylie Burke, MD, PhD
EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
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

Max and Sara Cowan Memorial Speakership in Humanistic Medicine
EDUCATION
Mar 03, 2016

Max and Sara Cowan Memorial Speakership in Humanistic Medicine

Wylie Burke, MD, PhD is the 2016 Max and Sara Cowan Memorial Lecturer Dr. Burke is 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. As the 2016 Sara and Max Cowan Memorial Lecturer, there are three opportunities to hear Dr. Burke: March 23, 2016, Evening Ethics Discussion : “Using data to stigmatize: What are our collective responsibilities?” (5:30-7pm, Research Administration Building, Room #117) March 24, 2016, Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: "Genomics through the lens of practical clinical wisdom.” (7:45 am-8:45 am, HSEB #1750) March 24, 2016, Cowan Memorial Public Lecture: “The deceptive appeal of personal genomics” (noon-1pm, Eccles Genetics Auditorium)... Read More

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

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