Clinical Ethics Teaching

Under the leadership of Arlene Davis, Social Medicine and Center for Bioethics faculty members also teach medical students and residents about clinical ethics in the context of patient care at UNC Hospitals. Our faculty members join the medical teams in various areas of the hospital (currently PICU, MICU, SICU and Family Practice) for morning rounds on specified days each month. Ethical issues are addressed on rounds and in related separate ethical education sessions based on cases chosen by the medical team. These conversations with medical students, house staff, and attending physicians are augmented by case- based ethics education sessions in other settings, such as NICU, Emergency Medicine, and in general pediatrics. Similarly, our faculty members work with other members of the health care team (nurses, social workers, allied health) in a variety of settings to provide ethics education. We also present ethical topics in other forums, such as various departmental Grand Rounds. Finally, we sponsor a monthly Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds for a diverse audience interested in the ethical issues related to patient care.

2012 Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds

  • Jan 6
    Why Ethical Decision Making in Complex Pediatric Illness Requires the Art of Story Telling
    Ray Barfield, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy, Duke University
  • Feb 3
    Making Decisions for Pediatric Patients: Insights from Law and Ethics
    Gina Bertolini, JD, Assistant General Counsel, UNC Health Care, Legal Director, UNC Physicians Network, LLC
    Arlene Davis, RN, JD, Director, Clinical Consultation, Associate Professor, Social Medicine, Adjunct, School of Law
  • Mar 2
    The other end of the stethoscope: Why good decision making requires patients and doctors working together
    Peter Ubel, MD, Professor of Business Administration and Medicine, Professor of Public Policy, Duke University
  • May 4
    Rights vs. Responsibilities
    Margaret O. Little, PhD, Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University
  • Sep 7
    The Nature, Sources and Consequences of Moral Distress Among Clinicians
    Gail Geller, ScD, MHS, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Medicine and Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Oct 4
    Discussing with Patients the Costs of Treatments: Ethical and Professional Quandaries
    Mark Hall, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health, Wake Forest University
  • Dec 6
    Attitudes, Feelings and Values of Health Professionals: How do they Impact Patients? Can they be changed?
    Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University

Education and Liaison Sessions

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