Lauri Zoloth,Ph.D., Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, and of Religion in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, explored the intersections of medicine, moral philosophy and religious faith at the end of life. Mette Rurup, Ph.D., brought a very different and valuable perspective to our conference and end- of-life care as she discussed new policies and practices in the Netherlands. Our conference this year provided an opportunity to help medical faculty, practicing physicians, nurses, social
workers, administrators, lawyers, consider the technical, emotional, care and decision-making. The covered in The Desert News.
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Over the year, we’ve continued all of our regular programs: our newsletter, Medical Ethics in Utah, Evening Ethics Discussions, Resident Teaching Conferences, Literature and Medicine Discussion groups, Medical Student Ethics Course, Senior Medical Student Electives, and Scientific Integrity seminars. These are designed for medical students, medical residents,
academic and community physicians, other health the public. We have continued a semi-annual discussions about medical ethics at ophthalmology
professionals, and interested members of program of presentations and facilitated grand rounds.
Once again, we presented an outstanding Annual Intermountain Medical Ethics Conference. We also had remarkably distinguished visitors for our Max and Sarah Cowan and David Green Memorial Lectures. These were Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia, and Lainie Ross, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. Our Division co-hosted with the University of Nevada School of Medicine at Reno, an annual bioethics retreat at Lake Tahoe with 115 attendees from leading Medical Ethics programs in the United States. Our Division members provide medical ethics consultation and serve on and collaborate with the LDS Hospital, CW/AV Hospitals, University of Utah Medical Center, and PCMC Bioethics Committees.
DIVISION MEMBER UPDATES: Division members have 25 articles, four book chapters, and three books published or in press. We made dozens of presentations at local, state, national and international meetings. Division members are frequently invited to comment on ethical issues for local radio, television and newspaper media. Peggy Battin, Leslie Francis and Jay Jacobson, in collaboration with Dr. Charles Smith and Research Associate Linda Carr-Lee, have nearly concluded work on a book about Ethics and Infectious Disease, which has been proposed to major bioethics publishers.
Perhaps our greatest success this year, after many years of raising interest in and soliciting support for a Medical Humanities Scholar, was our successful recruitment of Professor Therese Jones, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at San Antonio and formerly of the University of Colorado. Dr. Jones was one of our distinguished visitors during the year. She presented Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: “In the Heart of the Heart of Texas: Implementing and Integrating the Medical Humanities”, facilitated a discussion with our Student Literature and Medicine Group, held a dialogue with the Women in Medicine program, and conducted a discussion of the award-winning documentary film: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter with our Physicians Literature and Medicine Group. We encountered some unanticipated difficulties with proposed financial support from the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Office and the College of Humanities. However, Dr. John Hoidal, the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, recognized the value of adding a Medical Humanities Scholar to our program and the unique contribution that Dr. Jones could make to our medical school. He generously agreed to provide support for her while we actively pursue additional development funds.