Get Published | Subscribe | About | Write for Our Blog    

Blog.


by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

With Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna/National Institutes of Health producing a viable vaccine for COVID-19 (along with two other companies on the precipice of also producing viable vaccines) and with distribution set to begin in just a few weeks for many health care providers, people have questions about when they will receive the vaccine. The New York Times has created a vaccine calculator in which you can input information about yourself such as your age and whether you have pre-existing conditions which make you vulnerable to COVID-19, and other information to then get an estimate of when you can expect to get the vaccine. On the CDC website the agency has answered a series of questions about the vaccine, including questions about the cost of the vaccine (no cost to the individual, although some providers can charge an administration fee that can be covered by public and private health insurance or government relief fund for people without insurance). Whereas…

Full Article


by Alyssa Burgart

Last night, my phone exploded with texts from colleagues when a former anesthesiology resident at Oregon Health Sciences University, the famous “Tik Tok Doc” was named in a $45 million sexual assault complaint. In addition to the resident Dr. Jason L. Campbell, the suit names OHSU, a prominent anti-harassment advocate, residency program directors, leadership in the departments of Anesthesiology and Emergency medicine, and others in power. The 39-page suit alleges a massive institutional failure and highlights the features in a system where harassment thrives and flourishes. Sexual misconduct is inherently unethical, yet these behaviors pervade our profession, alter career trajectories, and prevent us from being our best selves or providing quality care to others.…

Full Article


Check out the recording of American Journal of Bioethics’ latest webinar on the ethical issues surrounding allocating COVID-19 vaccines. Journal editor David Magnus leads panelists Grace Lee, Kathy Kinlaw, Govind Persad, and Monica Peek in an informative and intriguing conversation. The original webinar was held on February 17th, 9a – 10:15a PT. But this webinar, along with our other webinars can be viewed on AJOB’s youtube channel, found here.…

Full Article

Join Kathryn Tucker for the upcoming CLE course "Psychedelic Lawyering."This course will discuss recent and ongoing advocacy efforts to remove barriers to access to psychedelic substances, including psilocybin. In recent years there has been incre...

Full Article

Radio show host Jane Asher recently interviewed attorney Robert Rivas about the Final Exit Network.Since the mid 1990s, Rivas has dedicated his life to advocacy in the movement for right to death with dignity. Robert is the author of the SADD, the Supp...

Full Article

February 15, 2021 marks the first anniversary of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying (ACAMAID).The Academy is the first national organization devoted solely to the clinical aspects of medical aid in dying. For clinicians, ACAMA...

Full Article

Most Americans know that African-Americans have a significantly lower life expectancy than White Americans. Most of us don’t think through the implications of that disparity. For example, all working people pay into Social Security, but African-Americans are less likely to live long enough to collect it. In this op-ed, published today in the Allentown, PA … Continue reading Vaccine Distribution and Racial Equity

Full Article

The Good Law | Bad Law podcast hosts attorneys Michael McKeon and Mark Kovacich to discuss wrongful prolongation of life, DNRs, self-determination, and a case in which Mr. McKeon and Mr. Kovacich represented a man whose advance directive was ignored.&n...

Full Article

Are having trouble getting an Advance Directive honored, for yourself or as a surrogate for another individual? The Final Exit Network offers a "Surrogate Consultant" to review the issue thoroughly with you and go over the Advance Directive. ...

Full Article

Judy Schwarz at End of Life Choices New York provides a practical basic introduction to Voluntarily Stopping Eating & Drinking (VSED).Judy is a co-editor on our forthcoming book from Oxford University Press: Voluntarily Stopping Eating an...

Full Article


by Rachel Fabi, PhD, Vivian V. Altiery De Jesús, MBE, and Liz Stokes, JD, MA, RN

In this series we ask bioethicists to respond to a question that embodies current challenges for bioethics, medicine, or health care. In this blog, three bioethicists were asked to share their thoughts on “How can medical and nursing schools prepare students to respond to the social and racial inequities created and worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic?” Here are their responses:

Rachel Fabi, PhD

As an educator in a medical school who teaches a course on physicians and social responsibility, I have seen a dramatic rise in student interest in advocacy for structural changes, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial reckoning that accompanied it.…

Full Article