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About 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.

The Department of Bioethics & Humanities is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service.  Integral to this commitment is promoting diversity and making our programs attractive to traditionally under-represented individuals.

Our faculty represent diverse scholarly disciplines, including medicine, genetics, philosophy, health services, religious studies, education, pathology, history, and other areas.  We partner with faculty from the schools of medicine, law, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work and the college of arts and sciences. Faculty publications explore a wide range of areas, including the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics and genomic research; community-based participatory research; social justice and access to health care; social inequalities in health and health disparities; medical error;  and palliative and end of life care.
 
Our graduate students bring training and experience from a variety of fields, including medicine, law, nursing, social work, physician assistant studies, dentistry, and other areas. 


Faculty News

Faculty Wylie Burke, Denise Dudzinski, Nancy Jecker, Tom McCormick and adjuncts Mark Sullivan, Mark Tonelli, Ben Wilfond, and Doug Diekema have been featured in a series of artilces "Bioethics Q&A series: Facing today's dilemmas" by Brian Donohue in the Health Sciences NewsBeat.

Wylie Burke, MD PhD
We extend our sincere appreciation to Wylie Burke for her service as Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities.  Wylie’s tenure as Chair extended from October 2000 through January 2014 and represents a time of expansion, increased diversity, and enhanced multi-disciplinary collaboration.  We are very pleased that Wylie will continue in her role as Professor in the department. 

photos from Burke reception:  

Burke Reception 1

Denise Dudzinski, PhD MTS, Acting Chair
Dean Ramsey has appointed Associate Professor Denise Dudzinski to serve as Acting Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities effective February 1, 2014.  Denise is also our Director of Graduate Studies and will retain that role during her tenure as Acting Chair. Please join us in welcoming Denise to her new role.

Deborah J. Bowen, PhD, Professor
The department is pleased to welcome Deb Bowen as professor without tenure for reasons of funding . 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. Welcome back to the UW Dr. Bowen.     

Awards

Wylie Burke has been named the UCSF 2013-14 Presidential Chair and she will be on sabbatical and in residence at UCSF during the Spring quarter.  The UCSF announcement (Link) notes that the Presidential Chair is intended to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development and to enhance quality in existing academic programs.   We wish Dr. Burke an inspiring and enriching sabbatical.  http://nursing.ucsf.edu/news/wylie-burke-named-ucsf-presidential-chair

Congratulations to Professor Wylie Burke who will receive the 2014 Niehaus Southworth Weissenbach Award in Clinical Cancer Genetics from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  The award "recognizes leaders in the translation of germ line genetics to preventive care of cancer patients and families".  Dr. Burke will present a lecture at MSKCC during April when she receives the award.    

 


 

 

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Faculty/Chair Search

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...

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Bioethics Grand Rounds

David Schenck

November 17, 2014
3:30-4:30pm
Turner Auditorium (HSB D209)

reception to follow

We welcome and encourage  everyone to  attend.


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 cme@uw.edu. Information about the course will be available in the spring at:  http://depts.washington.edu/cme/home/


"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.


Resources

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.


SOM Curriculum Renewal

The faculty in Bioethics & Humanities are pleased to be participating in the ongoing School of Medicine Curriculum Renewal process for the MD program. During the Visioning Phase, 2011-July 2012, our Chair Wylie Burke chaired the Vision Committee which was tasked with defining the guiding principles for the renewal process.  During  the Steering Phase (October 2012  - April 2013),  B&H faculty served on several committees:  Dr. Burke chaired the Governance Committee and served on the Steering Committee,  Erika Blacksher served on the Health Equity Committee, and Kelly Edwards chaired and Denise Dudzinski was a member of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. During the current Design phase, Dr. Burke continues to Chair the Governance Committee and serve on the Steering Committee and Kelly Edwards serves on the newly formed Integrated Themes Committee.

Students

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 Winner.

Michelle graduated as a B H Minor student. She was also a leader in the MEDIC group working closely with Dr. Berryman. Michelle was awared the President's Medal at the UW Awards Ceremony June 13th. 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.

Congratulations Michelle!

 

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