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The Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics co-sponsors relevant educational lectures and workshops throughout the year with other departments. Events for the 2019 academic year will be posted as soon as they become available. New practical Ethics in Healthcare conferences, (center-experiential-learning.aspx).


"Thanks for your suggestion doctor but we're waiting for a miracle" - The Interplay between Ethics and Miracles
Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conference
February 7, 2018 - Kevin Boyd, MDiv
Associate Director, Chaplaincy Services
A common, and sometimes considered intractable, issue when working with patients and families in situations of complex medical care, is the idea of a miracle. What can a team do when they feel that discussion or implementation of an appropriate plan of care is prevented because of a stated belief in a medical miracle? This presentation offered a model for constructive conversation between team and family that can be collaborative instead of adversarial.

Anti-Human Trafficking Conference
January 27, 2018 - Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Chief, Division of International Medicine
University of Southern California
Affiliated Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiativ
Human trafficking is an enormous and horrifying human rights issue around the world. It strikes particularly close to home in our Rochester community as this small and unassuming city has staggering numbers of trafficked individuals. According to the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking, 120 children and adolescents were identified as possible victims of human trafficking in Monroe County between January 2014 and February 2015.

Bioethics Bootcamp: Preparing Students for Ethical Situations in Healthcare Neuroenhancements
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Richard H. Dees, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
Associate Professor of Humanities and Bioethics, URSMD

They are Killing People in China for Their Organs. What Can Should We Do About It?
Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conference
December 17, 2017 -Richard Demme, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)
Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Director, Bioethics Program

China has been killing prisoners for their organs for decades. They reported they had stopped that practice. "Medical Genocide," a film that documents the increasing mass murder in China's organ transplant industry, was viewed and discussed.
Richard Demme's lecture was recorded and may be viewed online here.

Facing the Guilt, Remembering the Victims: A German Physician Confronts the History of Her Family and Profession in WWII
Part of the 2017-18 Diversity Seminar Series
December 6, 2017 -Franziska Eckert, MD
Medical Faculty in Radiation Oncology
Eberhard Karls University of Tüebingen
Tüebingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Dr. Eckert, a radiation oncologist from Tüebingen, Germany, discussed the story of her discovery of the involvement of her family and profession in Nazi war crimes. Her story dramatically explored the relevance of facing history to better address the moral dilemmas of the present.  Franziska Eckert's lecture was recorded and may be viewed online here.

Charlie Gard and the Ethics of Decision Making
Interdisciplinary Clinical Ethics Noon Conference​

October 26, 2017 - Margie H. Shaw, JD, PhD; O.J. Sahler, MD; Carl T. D'Angio, MD
The case of Charlie Gard, an English child with an incurable illness, raises several ethical questions. Prime among them are who is given authority to make life-and-death decisions for terribly ill children and, if the decision makers are not the parents, under what conditions can life sustaining treatment be withdrawn. The case highlights differences between American and British ethical reasoning and the role of the courts in such decisions.

Medical Futility: When is Enough Enough?
The 2017 Sussman Family Lecture *​
March 27, 2017 - Robert D. Truog, MD  | Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anesthesia and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Robert D. Truog's lecture was recorded and may be viewed online here.

"That's Unconscionable!" Unconscious Bias in Palliative Care
Annual UR Palliative Care Conference

March 21, 2017 - VJ Periyakoil, MD   | Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education and Training Program
Director, Stanford Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program

Psychiatry and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Era: Mental Health Care in Harlem, 1936-1968 *
January 17, 2017 - Dennis Doyle, PhD 
Associate Professor of History
St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Author, Psychiatry and Racial Liberalism in Harlem, 1936-1968 (University of Rochester Press)

Are Racists Crazy? How Prejudice, Racism, and Antisemitism Became Markers for Insanity *
Part of the 2016-17 Diversity Seminar Series
Sponsored by the URMC Division of Medical Humanities and bioethics​

October 4, 2017 - Sander Gilman, PhD, JD | Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry
Emory University

What Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Want Us to Know About Health Care Disparities 
Part of the 2016-17 Diversity Seminar Series
October 28, 2016 - Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD  Director, Culturally Competent Education Program
Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education
Former Director, Oliver Wendell Holmes Society "Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery" Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical School

Augustus A. White's lecture was recorded and may be viewed online here.

1st Annual Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics Lecture 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In the Shadow of Ebola

Presented by:
Gregg Mitman, PhD, MA, BSc
Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

An award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice.

All lectures co-sponsored by the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics are marked with an asterisk (*).

The URSMD Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics may have videotaped presentationsthat may be of interest. Past lectures recommended and sponsored by the Paul M. Schyve MD Center have included:

Phelps Colloquium: Including Disability in the Diversity Conversation
November 17, 2015 -Susan Hetherington, PhD
Associate Professor Pediatrics, URMC
Associate Professor Education, Warner School
Director, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

People with disabilities have been described as the largest minority group in our country. Dr. Hetherington engaged the attendees in a conversation about the exclusion of "disability" in the diversity conversation at the local, state, and national levels. There was a brief discussion of the history of disability in the US, the evolution of disability identity, and national and local examples of the failure to include the over 20% of the population that has some form of disability in the diversity discourse.

Human Values in Health Care Annual Lecture

Children are Not Canaries: Pitfalls in Expanding Genetic Testing and Screening of Children *
Lainie F. Ross, MD | Professor of Clinical Ethics, Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery, University of Chicago
November 17, 2015 - There is moral consensus that “the best interest of the child” should be the basis for genetic testing of children. Newborn screening traditionally focused on conditions for which early diagnosis was necessary for reducing morbidity and mortality. There has been a movement to expand newborn screening to include “opportunistic screening” (we have the sample and the information may be relevant in the future or may benefit another family member). Dr. Ross considered the pros and cons of such expansion.