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the Department of Bioethics and Humanities
Welcome to the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. The primary strength of the department is its rich, talented, interdisciplinary nature, which is a function of the faculty. Capitalizing on this strength and expanding the visibility of the department has emerged as a key goal for us.
The Department provides academic education and professional training in bioethics and humanities through an MA in Bioethics; an undergraduate Minor in Bioethics and Humanities; curricula in clinical ethics and professionalism for medical students, residents, and fellows; and sponsored continuing education activities for practicing health care professionals.
Welcome to new faculty
Deborah J. Bowen, PhD, Professor
The department is pleased to welcome Deb Bowen as professor without tenure for reasons of funding effective November 16. Deb joins us from Boston University, where she served as Professor and former Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Bowen was formerly on the faculty of the UW School of Public Health and a Member at FHCRC. She brings considerable experience and expertise to this research-oriented position focused on health disparities and behavioral research in a social context. Please join us in welcoming her back to UW.
Congratulations to Kelly Edwards
Effective October 1, Kelly begins her tenure as Associate Dean of The Graduate School. Kelly started in this role in an Acting capacity during 2012. Kelly’s work in The Graduate School focuses on professional development and support for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
Guest column by Dr. Thomas Montine and Dr. Wylie Burke in Puget Sound Business journal…
Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Randy Curtis
J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH FCC Pprofessor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sojourns Award from Cambia Health Foundation (CHF) for his work in palliative care.
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Hyogo College of Medicine Visiting Students
For the 9th year, Tom McCormick along with his colleague Professor Furuyama directed the week-long short course in bioethics for 5th year medical students from Hyogo College of Medicine.
Biomedical Research Integrity Program
Thank you to our 2013 Discussion Group Leaders!
We would like to acknowledge our 2013 BRI Discussion Group Leaders. These wonderful folks volunteered their time to lead the 92 UW BRI discussion groups serving 779 trainees this summer and we are so grateful. We truly could not offer this program without their support: Karin Bornfeldt, Tracy Brazg, Charles Chavkin, Anu Chaudhary, Seema Clifasefi, Wendy Cook, David Dichek, Danae Dotolo, Adrienne Fairhall, Susan Ferguson, Elaine Frawley, Irene Geisner, Dana Gold, Ted Gross, Jennifer Kett, David Kimelman, Carol Landis, Eric Larson, KC Lee, Melissa Lewis, Dana Litt, Sheila Lukehart, Dustin Maly, Anna Mastroianni, David Masuda, Dan McCloy, Isaac Mohar, Michelle Montgomery, Paul Nghiem, Tonya Palermo, David Perkel, Annemarie Relyea-Chew, Morayma Reyes, Jane Simoni, Ken Thummel, Hunter Underhill, Wes Van Voorhis, Ed Weaver, Aaron Wightman, Joe Zunt, Larry Zweifel.
Alumna Jessie Turnbull was featured in the UWMedicine Connections newsletter highlighting members of the Class of 2013. Read her profile HERE.
We welcome the members of our newest cohort of MA in Bioethics students: Cara Friang and Kate Gentry!
Michelle Drews, 2013 President's Medal
Michelle is a B H Minor student who has taken all of Dr. Berryman's courses and most of Dr. Jecker's courses. Michelle is also a leader in the MEDIC group working closely with Dr. Berryman. Michelle will be awared the President's Medal at the UW Awards Ceremony June 13th, at 3:30 pm in Meany Hall. The President's Medal is awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the University one to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the UW and one to a student who entered the University from a Washington community college.
Have you seen the online American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics? It is a great resource for ethical issues, case studies, ethics polls, and podcasts.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has launched a project titled Global Ethics Observatory. It is a world-wide network of databases in bioethics and in other areas of applied ethics including lists of experts in the field of ethics, ethics institutions, ethics teaching programs, and a database of legislation, guidelines and regulations relating to ethics.
Open Spaces: Views from the Northwest is a quarterly magazine for voices from the Northwest that speak with knowledge and insight to issues affecting people in every region. It is created in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Open Spaces offers perceptive articles as well as thought provoking stories, essays and poetry on many subjects including medicine, politics, publishing, culture, law, science, music, business, art, education, health, sleep, food, travel and gardening.
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Chair, Department of Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
The University of Washington School of Medicine is seeking qualified candidates for Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. The position is full-time and tenured with appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.
The Department of Bioethics and Humanities has a forty year history of excellence in scholarly research and teaching. The Department’s original scholarly focus on the humanities has expanded over the past decade to include empirical research in bioethics, with a critical mass of externally-funded faculty investigators. The Department has responsibility for an undergraduate Minor in Bioethics and Humanities, a Bioethics Master’s Program, medical school and residency education, research integrity training, and a nationally recognized Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics, which it has run successfully for 27 years.
The Department is a broad-based, inclusive community of scholars comprised of 12 regular faculty members, including 1 joint with Medicine and 1 joint with Philosophy. There are 24 adjunct faculty with primary appointments in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Psychiatry, as well as in the Schools of Law, Nursing, Public Health, and Arts & Sciences. In addition, there are 14 affiliated faculty from institutions around the country.
Candidates for this critical leadership position should have an ability to be motivated by, able to thrive in, and eager to contribute to a diverse, intellectually stimulating, multidisciplinary environment and must have accomplishments in the following areas:
- A national reputation with academic expertise in or related to bioethics scholarship and teaching
- The demonstrated ability to promote and advance departmental excellence through leadership experience in the administration of academic programs and assuming fiduciary responsibilities
- A track record of securing research funding
- The ability to teach and mentor students, trainees, and faculty effectively
- Academic experience within a medical or scientific research environment
Individuals are invited to visit the Department website: depts.washington.edu/bhdept/
To apply or to request additional information, please contact:
Chair, Search Committee, Department of Bioethics and Humanities
c/o Richard C. Veith, M.D.
Richard D. and Bernice E. Tutt Professor in the Neurosciences
Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine
1959 NE Pacific Street, UW Box 356560
Seattle, WA 98195-6560
Applications will be reviewed January 2, 2014 and forward until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Veith at 206.543.3752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates must hold a terminal doctoral level degree such as an MD, PhD, DO, JD or foreign equivalent. The position could include a clinical component depending on the interests of the selected candidate. If clinically active the candidate must be eligible for a Washington State professional license. And, in order to be eligible for University sponsorship for an H-1B visa, graduates of foreign (non-U.S.) medical schools must show successful completion of all three steps of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), or equivalent as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disability, and protected veterans.
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Exploring the Intersections of International
Human Rights and Disability
Friday, January 10, 2014 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join the University of Washington School of Law for a day of discussions about national and international disability legislation and implementation. Topics focus on the use of human rights conventions to advocate for persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on women, children and youth. Speakers include national and international scholars, policy makers, practitioners and activists.
Paul Steven Miller (1961- 2010) was the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at UW School of Law, a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a special assistant to President Obama. He was a leader in the disability rights movement and an expert on anti-discrimination law.
Registration information, including a working agenda can be found here.
CLE credits pending.
Disability Studies | Center on Human Development & Disability
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies | Program on Values in Society
Gates Public Service Law Program
Bioethics & Humanities Department | Law, Society & Justice
Center for Global Studies | Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Henry M. Jackson Foundation | Disability Rights Washington
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To request disability accommodations, contact the Disability Services Office at least 10 days in advance at 206.543.6450, 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax) or email@example.com
Bioethics Grand Rounds
Save the date
February 20, 2014
Save the Date: 2014 Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics
The 27th annual Summer Seminar will occur the week of August 4-8, 2014 on the UW campus. To ensure receipt of a brochure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the course will be available in the spring at: http://depts.washington.edu/cme/home/
Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics 2013
The 26th summer seminar was held the week of August 5, with Denise Dudzinski and Tom McCormick as Co-Directors. We were pleased to welcome Howard Brody, MD PhD as featured guest faculty this year.
Dr. Howard Brody and Program Directors Dr. Denise Dudzinski and Dr. Thomas McCormick
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Dr. Kelly Edwards, Dr. Malia Fullerton, and Sue Trinidad have developed a discussion guide for use with Rebecca Skloot's book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". Click here to download the guide.