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February 13, 2018

Want more efficient and cheaper medicine? Just outsource the doctor

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A new medical school opening this fall in the University of Illinois system will focus on the tech revolution.…

February 8, 2018

Peering into the Future of Peer Review

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD and Nanette Elster, JD, MPH

If you try googling the term “peer review is,” one of the top search results is “broken.” This reflects some of the frustration and even cynicism about the peer review process. …

February 5, 2018

Larry Nassar and Medicine's Duty of Self-Regulation

by Tyler S. Gibb, JD, PhD

Many news organizations have documented the horrific details of the crimes Larry Nassar, the disgraced former MSU and USGA gymnastic physician, committed against women and children over the course of his career (see, e.g., Indianapolis Star, Detroit Free Press, the New York Times, ESPN, and many more).…

January 17, 2018

Mentoring 301: Tips for the Academic Online Interview

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Among other things, January is national mentoring month. And like much of academia in the midst of the hiring season, I recently sat in on a Skype Interview.…

January 2, 2018

A Bioethicist by Any Name

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A few months ago, I was attending a conference where the keynote speaker introduced herself as a bioethicist.…

December 5, 2017

#METOO Bioethics

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the December 4 episode of The Good Doctor, a medical resident is sexually harassed by her attending, who touches her when she is interacting with patients and asks her out to dinner.…

December 1, 2017

BioethicsTV (November 27-November 30): Apologizing & Autonomy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 9): How to Say I’m Sorry

A patient had a nodule removed from her vocal cord.…

November 27, 2017

New Raymond Chandler Story Eloquently Criticizes Patients as Dollars

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This year has been a challenging one in the debate over what a U.S. health care system should look like.…

November 22, 2017

BioethicsTV (November 20-22): The Good Doctor, Ill Behavior, Chicago Med

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

The Good Doctor (Season 1; Episode 8): Treating Hate
Browne is treating a patient brought into the ER who has been shot after he held up a convenience store.…

November 14, 2017

Re-structuring the patient-provider communication process to empower patients

This post is written in response to Ubel, Scherr and Fagerlin’s target article, “Empowerment Failure: How Shortcomings in Physician Communication Unwittingly Undermine Patient Autonomy” published in the November 2017 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

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Published Articles (12)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 10 - Oct 2017

A Question of Social Justice: How Policies of Profit Negate Engagement of Developing World Bioethicists and Undermine Global Bioethics Subrata Chattopadhyay, Catherine Myser, Tiffany Moxham & Raymond De Vries

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 10 - Oct 2017

Justice and Bioethics: Who Should Finance Academic Publishing? Udo Schuklenk (Joint Editor in Chief) & David Magnus (Editor in Chief)

AJOB Neuroscience: Volume 8 Issue 1 - Mar 2017

Ethics, Ethicists, and Professional Organizations in the Neurological Sciences Tabitha Moses & Judy Illes

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 6 - Jun 2017

Bringing Transparency to Medicine: Exploring Physicians' Views and Experiences of the Sunshine Act Susan Chimonas, Nicholas J. DeVito & David J. Rothman

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 6 - Jun 2017

Shining Light on Conflicts of Interest Craig Klugman

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

The interactions of Canadian ethics consultants with health care managers and governing boards during times of crisis Chris Kaposy, Victor Maddalena, Fern Brunger, Daryl Pullman & Richard Singleton

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Primary care physicians' views about gatekeeping in clinical research recruitment: A qualitative study Marilys Guillemin, Rosalind McDougall, Dominique Martin, Nina Hallowell, Alison Brookes & Lynn Gillam

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 8 Issue 2 - Apr 2017

Qualitative study of participants' perceptions and preferences regarding research dissemination Rachel S. Purvis, Traci H. Abraham, Christopher R. Long, M. Kathryn Stewart, T. Scott Warmack & Pearl Anna McElfish

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 17 Issue 1 - Jan 2017

Tracking U.S. Professional Athletes: The Ethics of Biometric Technologies Katrina Karkazis & Jennifer R. Fishman

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 16 Issue 12 - Dec 2016

A Broader Understanding of Moral Distress Stephen M. Campbell, Connie M. Ulrich & Christine Grady

News (17)

February 5, 2018 9:00 am

Gender bias goes away when grant reviewers focus on the science (Nature)

Women lose out when reviewers are asked to assess the researcher, rather than the research, on a grant application, according to a study on gender bias. Training reviewers to recognize unconscious biases seems to correct this imbalance, despite previous work suggesting that it increased bias instead.

February 2, 2018 9:00 am

Aid-in-dying advocates target next battleground states (CNN)

When the end draws near, Dr. Roger Kligler, a retired physician with incurable, metastatic prostate cancer, wants the option to use a lethal prescription to die peacefully in his sleep. As he fights for the legal right to do that, an influential doctors group in Massachusetts has agreed to stop trying to block the way.

January 12, 2018 9:00 am

A top hospital knew this surgeon was accused of raping patients but kept him on staff, report says (Washington Post)

A Cleveland Clinic surgeon accused of sexually assaulting two patients was kept on staff at the prominent Ohio hospital during confidential settlement negotiations

November 28, 2017 9:00 am

Director of HHS scientific fraud office is out after stormy 2-year tenure (Science)

The controversial director of the office that polices research fraud in U.S.-funded biomedical labs is temporarily moving to another agency. Kathy Partin has been removed after nearly 2 years as director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in Rockville, Maryland.

November 22, 2017 9:00 am

African scientists get their own open-access publishing platform (Nature)

Venture will launch next year and seeks to strengthen continent’s science by helping academics share work more quickly.

June 22, 2017 9:00 am

Strategies for Promoting High-Quality Care and Personal Resilience in Palliative Care (AMA Journal of Ethics)

Palliative care (PC) clinicians are faced with ever-expanding pressures, which can make it difficult to fulfill their duties to self and others and lead to moral distress.

June 21, 2017 9:00 am

China cracks down on fake peer reviews (Nature)

The Chinese government is going on the offensive against scientists who dupe journals by creating fraudulent reviews of submitted papers. A coalition of agencies led by the science ministry announced on 14 June that the government would suspend the grants of researchers involved in such fraud, which surfaced earlier this year when a cancer journal retracted 107 research papers from Chinese authors. And funding agencies in China promised to increase policing of the scientific community to prevent similar deceptions.

May 18, 2017 9:00 am

From Silence into Language: Questioning the Power of Physician Illness Narratives (AMA Journal of Ethics)

Physicians’ narratives of their own experiences of illness can be a kind of empathic bridge across the divide between a professional healer and a sick patient. This essay considers ways in which physicians’ narratives of their own and family members’ experiences of cancer shape encounters with patients and patients’ experiences of illness.

May 12, 2017 9:00 am

Integrity starts with the health of research groups (Nature)

Last month, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report called Fostering Integrity in Research. Later this month, the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity will be held in Amsterdam. Over the years, universities have followed some funders’ mandates to improve the prevention and investigation of misconduct. Many discussions have been held about unreliable research. None of these initiatives pays sufficient attention to a specific issue: the research health of research groups and the people who lead them. This includes technical robustness of lab practices, assurance of ethical integrity and the psychological health and well-being of group members.

April 28, 2017 9:00 am

Society labels harassment as research misconduct (Science)

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