Congratulations to our Graduate Bioethics & School of Law student Hailey Cleek!This summer Hailey competed against medical, PhD and other Law Students to tie first for an American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Student Paper Award. ASBH recognizes up to three papers for writing clarity and quality, development of the argument, integration of the literature, and novelty/insight of the contribution. Hailey's paper was titled: The Price of Rights: Centering Class in Contraception Access In light of recent health care changes in the United States, contraception accessibility is uncertain. In this piece, Hailey explored how scholarship that has analyzed access to contraception exclusively as a sex equality issue fails to adequately consider poor and marginalized women. The sex equality framework too readily disregards socioeconomic constraints for women seeking contraception. Hailey used Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw’s intersectionality theory to illuminate the shortcomings of the sex equality framework for contraception access. As an illustration of how a sex equality framework can fail to consider class issues in another context, she describes the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act in addressing the needs of families. Further, she discusses how the Supreme Court has increasingly disregarded economic considerations when addressing access to contraception. Finally, she argues that by including socioeconomic considerations, courts may better recognize the full range of adverse effects that result from restricting contraception access. Hailey is the Senior Articles Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and Editor-in-Chief of Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics.
Congratulations Hailey! Hailey Cleek, a student in Wake Forest University’s JD/MA in Bioethics joint degree program, has been appointed the Senior Articles Editor on the Wake Forest Law Review's Board of Editors. The Senior Articles Editor works with other Articles Editors on Law Review to evaluate articles for possible publication. The Senior Articles Editor contacts authors in order to make publication offers and to consummate any agreements to publish. After consulting with the Articles committee and with the Editor in Chief, the Senior Articles Editor may extend an offer to a potential author. To submit an article for consideration, please see Scholastica. The Wake Forest Law Review is a legal periodical typically published five times a year: September, October, December, April, and May. The Law Review contains articles written by legal scholars, judges, practitioners, and academics, as well as case notes, comments, and empirical studies written by students of Wake Forest University School of Law.
Ana Iltis, PhD, Director for the Center for Bioethics, Health and society has been elected as a Fellow of The Hastings Center. We would like to congratulate her on this recognition. The Hastings Center was founded in 1969. It is the world’s first bioethics research institute. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education.
Nancy M. P. King, J.D., Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and co-director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics and the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, was appointed two years ago to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on the oversight of research with human subjects.John Moskop,Ph.D., Wallace and Mona Wu Chair in Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the WFBMC Clinical Ethics Committee, is serving a second term as an Officer of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, which is devoted to improving professionalism in all health-related fields through education, scholarship and public policy.
SUSAN E. LEDERER, PHD Robert Turrell Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is spending the spring semester at UNC-Chapel Hill as the 2016 UNC-Duke Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Dr. Lederer is the author of numerous important articles and books examining the history of medicine and medical research; medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and the history of medical ethics. She is currently at work on a biography of Dr. Henry Beecher. Her lecture revisits his classic 1966 article on
research ethics in the New England Journal of Medicine.Thursday 3 March 4:00-5:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University Reception to follow
It is unlikely that broad consensus will be achieved in this ongoing debate. However, by articulating the ethical, legal, pragmatic and conceptual reasons to support or oppose various positions, we hope to help determine where in the landscape of reasoned argument various positions lie, and how each position might be best supported or refuted. In particular, we see in this debate an illustration of Michael Walzer’s classic analysis of competing spheres of justice. Various positions depend to a considerable extent on whether their advocates approach this issue from the health policy sphere rather than the sphere of immigration policy, or whether they attempt to blend the two spheres.
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Life is the Thing that Thrives: FaithHealth from Memphis to East Winston
Monday, 20 April, 5:00-6:00 pm Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University
Gary Gunderson, M.Div., D.Min., D.Div. Vice President of Faith & Health Ministries, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine and School of Divinity, Wake Forest University
Dr. Gunderson oversees spiritual care services for patients, families and staff at WFBMC. He also nurtures the relationship with more than 4,200 Baptist congregations throughout North Carolina and other large networks of our patients’ faith groups. He became involved in public health by working with former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta. For a decade, he directed the Interfaith Health Program at The Carter Center. For the next seven years, he served as senior vice president of the Faith and Health Division of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., where he helped develop a new model of congregational health, FaithHealth, that achieved measurable improvements in the health of patients in Memphis congregations, including significantly increased longevity, lower mortality and a nearly 40 percent longer time before readmission. The FaithHealth model of care is now underway here in the Triad adapting to the distinctive opportunities and historic challenges.
Reception to follow
At Convocation on Thursday, 19th February 2015 Dr. Ana Iltis, Associate Professor of Philosophy received the URECA Faculty Award. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society. One senior, who first met Professor Iltis as a first-year student, said, “I have grown as a researcher, writer, and student. The horizons of my education have been expanded and my boundaries of study stretched. None of this would have been possible without Dr. Iltis’ mentorship. Her unique outlook on the topics she teaches combined with her willingness to assist and encourage have afforded me opportunities I otherwise would have never had.”
Dr. Iltis receiving her award from President Hatch:
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We invite you to participate in a Symposium addressing…..
Ebola: At Home And Abroad February 12th & 13th, 7:00-8:30 pm Kulynych Auditorium, Byrum Welcome Center Wake Forest University
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Thursday, 12 February 2015 Introduction: Pat Lord, PhD, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University Ana Iltis, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society; Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Panelists Jon Abramson, MD, Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Christine Bishop, MD, Pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Christine Coughlin, JD, School of Law, Wake Forest University Nathan Plageman, PhD, Department of History, Wake Forest University
Q&A/Discussion Reception to follow in the Conservatory of the Byrum Welcome Center
Friday, 13 February 2015 Introduction: Pat Lord, PhD, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University Ana Iltis, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society; Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Panelists Adam Bjork, PhD, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Nancy King, JD, Co Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine Ajay Patel, PhD, School of Business; Director, Center for Enterprise Research & Education, Wake Forest University
Q&A/Discussion Reception to follow in the Conservatory of the Byrum Welcome Center
Professor Mark Hall named among newest members of the Institute of Medicine
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Spirituality and Religion in Critical Illness
Thursday, 11 September, 4:00-5:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Reynolda Campus,
Wake Forest University
Thomas McCormick, D Min, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Dept of Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Thomas McCormick is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine. In 1974, he developed the School of Medicine’s first program in medical ethics. He has taught a variety of elective courses in bioethics there, and was responsible for bringing ethics into the core curriculum. In addition to his extensive teaching and publication, Dr. McCormick is currently an ethics consultant to Harborview Medical Center and an adjunct professor in bioethics at the School of Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale Branch, Glendale, Arizona.
Reception to follow.
To read article click here: A Review of the Updated NAEMT Code of Ethics .
How Bioethical Training is Essential to Patient Care:
Lisa Hammon, associate director of the Medical Center’s Clinical Risk Management Department, was among the first class of students in 2009. She studied while working full time and received her degree in 2012. A registered nurse, Hammon has long been interested in bioethics. She has worked in surgical critical care, organ transplantation, and has served on the Clinical Ethics Committee since 1990.
“Risk management and ethics are partners in patient care at our hospital,” Hammon explained. “Our role in risk management is to engage hospital faculty and staff in identifying systems issues that result in preventable harm to patients and resolving these issues to reduce future harm. Our ethical mandate is truth-telling when an event occurs, including both disclosure and apology for medical errors. These are all part of our commitment to keep patients and families safe through our Safety Starts Here program.”
James Black, MD, a Lexington gynecologist, sees a burgeoning need for bioethical consultations as baby boomers swell the Medicare ranks. He sees his experience, combined with bioethical training, as a productive way to wind down his clinical career and transition to a second career teaching, writing and consulting about bioethics.
"I feel that I can bring to those consults some grassroots wisdom accumulated over many years of caring for local patients."
Deb Love (MA ’11) describes bioethics as a “calling” she didn’t fully understand at the time she embarked on the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University. Educated to think like an attorney, Deb arrived in the program with a background in organizational change and interpersonal dynamics, including family systems theory. At the time of enrollment, Deb was simply looking for a new and inspired career direction that would allow her to apply her training, experience and education to the context of healthcare. She quickly discovered that the vast field of bioethics greatly captured her attention and that she had indeed found her “calling” in a new vocational path.
During her time in the Graduate Program, Deb interned at the University of North Carolina Center for Bioethics in Chapel Hill, NC. Her combined experiences in course work and internship revealed that she was particularly drawn to improving communication in the physician/patient relationship, particularly in end of life issues. Upon graduation she continued to work at UNC as the Clinical Ethics Outreach Partner, where she was able to make connections with bioethics colleagues across the state. There, Deb played a leadership role in founding the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina (CENNC) and became active in statewide efforts. Together with colleagues, Deb helped establish the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care (NCPCC), a program of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation to promote conversations about advance care planning. Her work with NCPCC prompted an invitation to join a task force for transforming end of life care at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, NC. Today, Deb is the Corporate Director of Bioethics for Novant Health, where she is charged with enhancing the professionalism and processes of the ethics committees at Novant Health’s fifteen medical centers. Deb also works to establish new models for embedding ethics into the acute care setting, with the aim of promoting conversations earlier in the disease continuum. Deb has retained an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of North Carolina and is hopeful for opportunities for research collaboration in the future.
The new career direction Deb sought on entering the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University has come to fruition. In retrospect Deb realizes that personal life experiences drew her into this aspiring field, and her Masters in Bioethics helped shape her focus. Her degree is her work, and without her MA in Bioethics she would not be in her current role. As a member of the inaugural class, Deb is grateful for her time spent at Wake Forest University. Deb will always recall the spirited cross-generational dialogue that occurred around the table, especially over cases in Clinical Ethics or in Current Topics. The opportunity to explore a topic in depth with others was a gift the program offered Deb. Most of all, Deb remembers the enduring friendships formed with classmates and faculty, claiming she will “never be able to fully express” her gratitude for the support from faculty mentors at both Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Deb currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC and Winston-Salem, NC with her husband John Grubenhoff. Together Deb and John enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren, attending baseball games, and listening to classic jazz. Deb has recently discovered a new passion in the game of golf, which creates balance between work and play and teaches her to be both humble and confident at the same time.
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Kristen Boswell Coggin MD (MA’12) is the youngest partner at Cape Fear Neonatology Associates, a 44-bed NICU at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC. Within the field of neonatology, she is one of a few in North Carolina with any formal training in bioethics. Her MA in Bioethics makes her the “go to” person when ethical dilemmas arise, an “expert” status that urges her to continually advance her knowledge in bioethics. Such “expert” status is fun and exciting, yet the intersection of neonatology and bioethics offers many challenges. While some may turn the other way, Kristen walks directly into the ambiguous intersection, the precise place in which she had hoped to land.
Kristen has long had an interest in ethics and a desire to unite ethics with her profession. Growing up in eastern North Carolina she received her undergraduate and medical degrees from East Carolina University, a school that embraces ethics education and makes bioethics an integral part of its curriculum. At East Carolina University, Kristen was first introduced to Dr. John Moskop. Dr. Moskop played a fundamental role in furthering Kristen’s interest in ethics and challenging her to stand in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics. After completing her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kristen wanted to delve further into the depths of bioethics and continue her studies with Dr. Moskop, who was now teaching in the Bioethics Master’s program at Wake Forest.
Kristen completed her neonatology fellowship at Wake Forest University. Most neonatology fellows traditionally fulfill the “scholarly activity “requirement through research; however, Kristen believed that a solid foundation in bioethics would best serve her professionally and personally. Now in practice, and standing in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics, Kristen knows she made the right decision. Kristen “believes wholeheartedly that [she] is a better physician for having completed [her] degree in bioethics because it allows [her] to practice both the art and science of medicine in a more comprehensive and thoughtful way.”
Because of her degree from Wake Forest University, Kristen feels better equipped when she finds herself in the exciting, yet challenging, role as “expert.” Kristen anticipates that advances in technology will increase the frequency of bioethical dilemmas in neonatology and that undoubtedly more questions of justice will arise. As doctors are forced to consider whether something should be done simply because it can be done, Kristen hopes to stand alongside her peers and “be a leader - both in the asking and answering of such questions.” Kristen believes that her background in bioethics will continue to provide a solid foundation as she stands in the intersection of bioethics and neonatology and makes the bioethical aspects of her work a priority in the provision of patient care.
Kristen resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband Myers and daughter.
Ana Iltis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was first author on a paper that just appeared in JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry). The paper, “Addressing Risks to Advance Mental Health Research,” provides mental health researchers with practical approaches to identify, communicate, manage and justify research risks.
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Emily Hoppes graduated with her MA in Bioethics from Wake Forest University in 2011. As a member of the Peace Corps, Emily lives in a tiny village in Tanzania with no electricity or running water, has learned to speak the local language, and attempts to fully integrate herself into the community. Upon graduation, Emily was excited to take her new knowledge to Africa and apply it to the Peace Corps. Once she arrived in Africa, however, she found the problems she had hoped to address were much more complicated. As an avid blogger, Emily struggled to find the words to describe her experiences. Yet, Emily notes, her bioethics education prepared her for such a complex task: analyzing and interpreting problems. Emily quickly found that her bioethics education affected and influenced her everyday life in Africa because it taught her “to look at every angle, look through every lens, and leave nothing out, because that one small thing could make all the difference.” Her MA in Bioethics helped her to document experiences and reflect on even the most extended problems. Emily’s reflections stem from her identity as a MA in Bioethics graduate, a passionate Catholic, and a current Peace Corps volunteer. Her reflections can be found at http://changehearts.tumblr.com/.
Ana Iltis, PhD and Nancy King, JD, Co-Directors of the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society edited a group of articles in the Winter 2012 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, published by the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.
The articles resulted from the Center for Bioethic 's sponsoring of the November 2011 "Research Ethics Conference: Re-Examining Key Concerns". James H. Jones was the keynote speaker in honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of his book "Bad Blood".
Please click on the following link to read the review published by JAMA: Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, And Social Responsiblity
Lisa Hammon, RN, BSN, MA, a recent graduate from the MA Program in Bioethics, has accepted an invitation to join the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Professional Ethics Committee for a two year term starting in January 2013.
The ASHRM Professional Ethics Committee is charged with the following: To investigate and make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning issues of compliance with the Conflict of Interest policies of the Society as well as compliance with the Society's Code of Professional Responsibility.