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.
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.
Welcome to new faculty
We welcome two new faculty effective April 1, 2013.
Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD MPH, Assistant Professor of pediatrics joins the department as Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dr. Lewis-Newby’s primary appointment is with the Division of Pediatric Clinical Care. She is also affiliated faculty with the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s. As co-founder and co-chair of the Seattle Ethics in ECLS Research Consortium, Dr. Lewis-Newby has been effective in promoting ethical issues and policy around use of ECLS. She has served as an effective mentor within our graduate project. We are proud that she’s joining our faculty.
Wylie Burke receives IOM Health Sciences Policy Appointment
Professor and Chair Wylie burke has been appointed to a three-year term on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Health Sciences Policy. Dr. Burke was elected a member of IOM in 2007 and currently co-chairs IOM's Roundtable on Translation of Genomic-based Research for Health.
Tom Gallagher receives MITSS Hope Award
We are proud to announce that Dr. Thomas Gallagher, Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioethics & Humanities, was selected to receive the 2012 MITSS Hope Award. This award from Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) recognizes an individual who exemplifies the MITSS mission to support healing and restore hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. Congratulations to Tom on this well-earned recognition.
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Recent Faculty Publications
Robert A. Pearlman, MD, MPH and Mary Beth Foglia, RN, PhD, adjunct and affiliate faculty in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities (respectively) are also staff members of the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care and the authors of five peer-reviewed papers featured in a special issue of AJOB Primary Research, a journal of the American Journal of Bioethics.
The papers describe VA’s experiences evaluating ethics quality in the VA health care system as part of IntegratedEthicsTM (IE), VA’s comprehensive model for managing ethics in health care organizations. The issue appeared online on February 11, 2013.
The papers are available at www.tandfonline.com/toc/uabr20/current
“It can be a challenge to evaluate ethics quality in health care,” said Dr. Ellen Fox, Chief Ethics in Health Care Officer at VA. “These publications show that ethical practices and culture can be measured and managed just like every other dimension of health care quality.” In the issue’s lead article, commentators Bette-Jane Crigger,
Director of Ethics Policy for the American Medical Association, and Matthew Wynia, Director of the AMA’s Institute for Ethics, describe (continue reading...)
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Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics 2013
Registration for this year’s Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics is open. The 26th annual seminar runs August 5 – 9, 2013 and is heald on the UW campus. For a brochure or to register, please visit the CME site (link: http://depts.washington.edu/cme/live/)
Associate or Full Professor,
Department of Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington
School of Medicine,
Our collaborative multidisciplinary bioethics department is recruiting for a full-time (100% FTE, 12 month service period), Associate Professor or Professor (without tenure for reasons of funding) for a research-oriented position focused on health disparities and/or behavioral research in a social context. Candidates should have a strong interest in research that combines empiric and normative methodologies, and their scholarship should demonstrate an understanding of the ethical aspects of their work. Responsibilities will include sponsored research (60-80% of effort), teaching in departmental undergraduate and/or graduate programs (10-20% of effort), and other academic/administrative activities including mentoring junior faculty (10-20% of effort).
Candidates must have a doctoral degree or equivalent, a nationally-recognized research program and proven success in securing extramural grant funding related to health disparities and/or behavioral research. Experience with university-community research partnerships is preferred. Appointee will be expected to maintain a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program in his/her areas of interest and to promote collaboration and cross-disciplinary research involving the social sciences, bioethics, and clinical and public health disciplines.
The University of Washington is ranked #2 overall in the nation in NIH-funding, and #1 among public institutions. We offer a highly collaborative research environment with support from the Institute for Translational Health Sciences (our CTSA) and affiliations with Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and other local and regional research institutes. To learn more about our multidisciplinary department and faculty, visit our website: http://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/
Applications received on or before April 1, 2013 will be assured full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and must include a curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications, grants (submitted and received), and teaching experience; a summary of research interests and future plans; and three letters of reference (confidential letters to be sent directly from reference). Send materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hardcopy format to:
Dept. of Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA 98195-7120
For more information, contact the coordinator at email@example.com or the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Benjamin Wilfond at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anticipated start date is September, 2013.
University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service. The UW is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The UW is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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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.
"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.