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March 22, 2017

Government, More or Less: Overcoming Legacy Barriers to Behavioral Health Integration

Join us at Mitchell Hamline for this CLE presentation and discussion on March 30.
March 20, 2017

Charlie Gard - Court Gives Parents More Time in Medical Futility Conflict

In contrast to courts in the USA, courts in the UK have provided substantial guidance in medical futility conflicts.  One of the most recent of these cases involves seven-month-old Charlie Gard.  He has a mitochondrial depletion syndrome for ...
March 19, 2017

Marwa Bouchenafa - French Court Orders Clinicians to Treat Baby over Their Objections

Marwa Bouchenafa was born in November 2015. Last September, she suffered a severe viral infection that resulted in neurological damage, paralyzed limbs, and dependence on mechanical ventilation. In November 2016, the hospital determined that further...
March 18, 2017

Involuntary Discharge from Dialysis

Robert Allan Bear Health law students studying rules on the formation and termination of treatment relationships know the case of Brenda Payton.   Her nephrologist had a long, long list of reasons to involuntarily discharge her.  But what...
March 17, 2017

Jahi McMath - Assess Whether She Is Alive in April 2017

This week, one of the medical defendants in Jahi McMath's medical malpractice action filed a case management statement.   It states that an IME (Independent Medical Exam) will be completed by 04/30/17.  This means that the defendants (jointl...
March 16, 2017

Losing Parties at Ontario CCB Retaliate through Medical Board Complaints

A few days ago, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board affirmed a decision of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario not to take action against a physician.   I was pleased to see this result, because the complaint concerned ac...
March 15, 2017

7th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference

The Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workgroup and the WMU Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine Program in Medical Ethics, Humanities & Law is proud to announce the 7th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference

September 14-15, 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Overview:  Proponents of medical humanities contend that the humanistic dimensions of medicine and health are a critical component of those disciplines; not only do these dimensions help us to understand the very nature of medicine and health, their apprehension allows caregivers to relate to their patients, to treat those patients with respect and dignity, and to provide more holistic and empathetic care. 


The 7th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference is committed to the creative, dynamic, interdisciplinary explorations of the range of themes within the broad theme of medical humanities. This highly interdisciplinary conference draws participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from academic, creative, and medical communities.


Keynotes: This year’s conference Keynote speakers will be Dr. Jay Baruch and Professor Katie Watson.


AbstractsAbstracts will be considered in the following categories:

  • Oral Presentations: 20 minute presentations by one or two authors
  • Panel discussions: 60 minute presentations by a panel of speakers (generally 3-5). Panel discussions are expected to be interdisciplinary and explore a single topic from multiple perspectives.
  • Workshops: 60-90 minute presentations with a focus on audience interaction and the creation of some artwork. Previous successful workshops have included mentored drawing, poetry writing, performance dance, etc.
  • Posters/Visual Arts: Displays of visual arts, and performances (including dance, musical, theatre, etc.) are welcome.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions should include name, departmental/institutional affiliation, project title, and an abstract not to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be submitted electronically by April 1 in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format to medical-humanities@wmich.edu. Please indicate which theme the abstract falls under (e.g., philosophy/ethics, clinical practice, religion, conceptual or empirical research, performance/visual arts, history, etc.) Accepted presentations will be notified by May 1; conference registration will be required of all presenters.

New this year, there will be special sessions dedicated to graduate and undergraduate student presentations, with prizes available for exceptional presentations.


March 14, 2017

Health Law at Mitchell Hamline Rises in Rankings Again

U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of specialty programs ranked by faculty who teach in the field.  Mitchell Hamline rose from 12 to 11 for Health Law. 1.  St. Louis University 2.  University of Maryland 3.  Bos...
March 14, 2017

Health Law at Mitchell Hamline Rises in Rankings Again

U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of specialty programs ranked by faculty who teach in the field.  Mitchell Hamline rose from 12 to 11 for Health Law. 1.  St. Louis University 2.  University of Maryland 3.  Bos...
March 14, 2017

Health Law at Mitchell Hamline Rises in Rankings Again

U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of specialty programs ranked by faculty who teach in the field.  Mitchell Hamline rose from 12 to 11 for Health Law. 1.  St. Louis University 2.  University of Maryland 3.  Bos...

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