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October 27, 2016

Health Care Ethics Consultation (HCEC) Certification

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), is looking for your participation in a role delineation study that will help to determine the future of Health Care Ethics Consultation (HCEC) certification.  Take about 20 minutes to...
October 26, 2016

Court Hearing on Constitutionality of Texas Advance Directives Act

This Friday, the Harris County, Texas District Court will hear arguments on a motion for summary judgment concerning the constitutionality of the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act.   Interestingly, this week, ...
October 26, 2016

California Court of Appeal Warns Government Not to Interfere with Advance Directives

Dick Magney executed an advance directive in 2011. In 2015, his agent and physician agreed to forgo curative directed treatment consistent with Magney's preferences. But officials in California's Humboldt County questioned (without a reasonable basis)...
October 25, 2016

Memento Mori- Reflecting on my Death and the Education of Medical Students

By Laura Creel As part of their undergraduate medical education, students discuss end-of-life care; they hear lectures about valuing the lives and deaths of future patients; they are instructed in the legal issues surrounding advance directives and care planning.  They see death, too—see it in the cadavers that they incise, see it in patients who […]
October 25, 2016

Sydney Festival of Death and Dying

In contemporary Western culture death and dying are generally regarded as
something to fight against, deny, hide from public view and above all fear. 

But what if we were to look at them differently? Despite understandable fear and denial, we may have very good reasons to want to learn more about death and dying. Thinking about and experiencing mortality–our own and that of others–can make us our lives richer, deeper and more valuable to us. Mortality in truth is the intensification of life.

Stretching over three days, from 18-20 November 2016, the Festival of Death and Dying includes over 30 workshops, performances, ceremonies and talks on different aspects of death and dying. In addition to talks and discussions, you will have experiences, which do justice to the full spectrum of what is at stake in mortality. 

October 24, 2016

Suppression of Necessary Gun Violence Research

STUDENT VOICES | CHYNN PRIZE SECOND-PLACE WINNER By Colette Berg Late in July 2015, my mother asked a surgeon friend of hers his opinion on gun control. He shook his head sadly and said, “I’ve operated on good guys shot … Continue reading
October 24, 2016

Ethically Sound Episode 7: Moral Science

“Moral Science,” the seventh episode of the Bioethics Commission’s podcast series Ethically Sound, is now available. Ethically Sound is based on the 10 reports that the Bioethics Commission has produced during its tenure. Established in 2009 by Executive Order, the Bioethics Commission has addressed a variety of ethical challenges ranging from whole genome sequencing to […]
October 24, 2016

Race & Physician Assisted Suicide

Is physician-assisted suicide only for white people? That is a question that came to mind when reading a recent Washington Post article by Fenit Nirappil that reports on the proposed “Right to Die” law in Washington, D.C.  The law is drawing opposition from members of the African American community. The Post article quotes a Georgetown Law School professor, Patricia King, who states, “Historically, African Americans have not... // Read More »
October 24, 2016

Even College Students Care about Healthcare Price Transparency!

Here is an article from the University of Indiana student newspaper, showing that even young adults in United States realize we have a price transparency problem in the U.S. healthcare system. Very exciting to see how many people care about … Continue reading

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October 24, 2016

Jahi McMath - Happy Birthday 16

Jahi McMath turns 16 years old today. She was declared dead in December 2013.  She was 13 years old at the time.  Since then, her organs have been artificially sustained in a private New Jersey home. In ongoing separate state and federal la...