The Office of Clinical Ethics offers several hospital-wide educational initiatives. These currently include:
Schwartz Center Rounds are a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss important emotional and social issues that arise in caring for seriously ill patients. Participants engage in an interactive discussion about the issues presented and share their experiences, thoughts and feelings. Rounds enhance communication and promote teamwork among caregivers.
Schwartz Rounds take place on the second Tuesday of each month, September through June, at 12:00 pm in the Anesthesia Conference Room (elevator J to L-1 of the Connors Center). They are open to all hospital staff. Lunch is provided, beginning at 11:45 am.
Visit the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center website to learn more about Schwartz Rounds.
The Wiese Lecture was made possible by an endowed fund created by the Wiese family and friends in the 1980s in honor of Robert and Esther Wiese. The vision of this lecture fund is to sponsor and support an annual lectureship in the areas of ethics, law, literature and social sciences related to medicine. In the years since its inauguration, the Wiese Lecture has brought many prominent and influential speakers to the Brigham.
On May 2, Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD, president of The Hastings Center and professor at Harvard Medical School, delivered the 2019 Wiese Lecture: “Responsible Science Amidst Civic Discord: Can Bioethics Help?” Her talk focused on the need to examine values and engage the public in the governance of new biotechnologies.
Listen to the 2019 Wiese Lecture: Responsible Science Amidst Civic Discord: Can Bioethics Help?
Please contact the Office of Clinical Ethics for more information.
The Office of Clinical Ethics publishes the Brigham Clinical Ethics Case Review. Each issue highlights an ethical challenge for a patient, family member and/or caregiver, leading to an ethics consultation and Brigham Ethics Committee discussion.
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Designed as a platform for integrating ethics and scientific discovery, the Center supports collaboration among students, bench scientists, clinical researchers, clinicians, practicing bioethicists, academic philosophers, historians of medicine, humanities scholars and others in order to tackle the ethical challenges posed by present and future biomedical advances. The Center aims to support and strengthen the ethics program at HMS teaching hospitals, prepare the next generation of practitioners in bioethics, and address contemporary ethical issues in the biosciences and health care. The Center hosts numerous lectures, classes, consortia and other educational events throughout the year, many of which are open to the public.
Visit Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics for more information.
The Center for Bioethics offers a one year full-time or two year part-time course of study in conjunction with Center faculty. It combines resources from HMS, Harvard teaching hospitals, and departments all across the university. The program includes foundational courses covering theoretical and applied ethics, strategies of ethical justification, and contemporary challenges, in addition to electives and a capstone experience.
Visit the HMS Master of Bioethics program website for more information.
The HMS Center for Bioethics organizes a three-day bioethics course each June. This intensive course is designed for members of ethics committees, organizational ethics task forces, ethics support services and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical practice.
Visit the Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course website for more information.
During this one-year program, fellows participate in the intellectual life of the HMS Center for Bioethics. They attend weekly seminars designed to explore a wide range of issues in medical ethics, as well as monthly faculty seminars and various public programs sponsored by the Center. Fellows are expected to conduct original research in medical ethics during the fellowship year. They are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement and the contribution they are likely to make as researchers, clinicians and teachers in medical ethics.
For application information visit the Center for Bioethics website.
Founded in 2005, the Center’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary analysis and legal scholarship in these fields. It is a leading research program dedicated to the unbiased legal and ethical analysis of pressing questions facing health policymakers, medical professionals, patients, families, and others who influence and are influenced by health care and the health care system. The Center welcomes the public to many of its workshops, conferences and consortia.
For more information about the Petrie-Flom Center, visit their website.
This program brings together a small group of fellows to work closely over the course of the year on pressing issues in ethics. Fellows enjoy access to a wide range of activities in all of the professional schools at Harvard, as well as in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. They participate in graduate courses, colloquia, curricular development, collaborative research, study groups, case-writing workshops, and clinical programs. A significant part of the fellows' time is devoted to conducting their own research.
Learn more about the Fellow-in-Residence program at their website.
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