4 NEW COURSES
SOCIAL JUSTICE & BIOETHICS **
(3 cr) BTHX 5000 Topics; BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 003 • Mondays 1 – 3:30 pm
Debra DeBruin, PhD
ADVANCED TOPICS IN RESEARCH ETHICS
(3 cr) BTHX 8000 Advanced Topics, Sec 005 • Wednesdays 4 – 6:30 pm
Steven Miles, MD
DISABILITY ETHICS **
(3 cr) BTHX 5000 Topics, Sec 006 • Tuesdays 6 – 8:30 pm
Alex Lubet, PhD
ADVANCED TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH ETHICS
(3 cr) BTHX 8000 Topics, Sec 002 • Wednesdays 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Susan M. Wolf, JD
**THESE 5XXX LEVEL COURSES ARE OPEN TO UPPER LEVEL UNDERGRADUATES
Bioethics MA alumni Desiree Abu Odeh was recently published in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal entitled, "Fat Stigma and Public Health: A Theoretical Framework and Ethical Analysis."
Center for Bioethics Interns Have Real World Experience
Students Kjirstin Almos, Kristin Chu, and Samantha Gerhardson realized the opportunity to combine their educational backgrounds with real world experience by interning at the Center for Bioethics over the summer. From shadowing clinical ethical consultations to gaining face to face exposure with pediatric patients, they have been researching ethical issues in health care.
Samantha, a second year medical school student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, worked with Center faculty member Jennifer Needle, MD to write a publication on the use of ventricular assist devices in pediatric care. They explored the idea of informed consent and whether parents and patients are aware of the long term effects these devices can have on the child.
Samantha believes that her time meeting patients and their families helped her gain experience with and thinking about the ethics of her work, an area that hasn’t been a focus in her studies thus far. “You lose the human part of being a doctor if you take the ethics out of it” says Samantha.
Kjirstin and Kristin, both undergraduate students, worked under the guidance of Center faculty member Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN. Together, they reviewed qualitative date from focus groups about how the switch to an electronic health record affects the relationship between nurses and patients. They also had the opportunity to join Professor Liaschenko on clinical ethical consultations with families.
“This internship has been a great learning experience,” says Kristin. “It’s allowed me to get face-to-face patient experience and to see what happens behind the scenes.”
Debra DeBruin, PhD, spoke with Health Talk about changes in medical research since Skloot’s book brought to life the human story behind the HeLa cells.
Prof. Susan M. Wolf, was featured in articles in the Star Tribune and MN Daily about the Consortium on Law and Values' conference on genomic research.
Steven Miles, MD, was part of a team of experts summoned by Governor Mark Dayton to discuss Ebola Preparedness in the Star Tribune.
Steven Miles, MD, is featured in a wide number of publications, including Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Reuters, in regards to a recent trial about the force-feeding of detainees.
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, is featured in an article on Huffington Post in regards to the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.
Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, was a guest on MPR's The Daily Circuit discussing the ethics of testing new drugs on the mentally ill and homeless.
Steven Miles, MD, was quoted in The Des Moines Register on transparency in human research trials.