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Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics

The University of Rochester established the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics in 2015 to advance bioethical training and education throughout the region; help professionals, patients and families make bioethical decisions; and enhance community understanding of bioethical issues. Housed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Schyve Center for Bioethics unites programs across the entire university. It is directed by , Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS, Professor, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor of Clinical Nursing, SON

Dr. Paul M SchyveDr. Paul M. Schyve, a Rochester native, credits his education at the University of Rochester as playing an important formative role in his professional career. He ascribes his interest in bioethics as being sparked by the teachings of John Romano, MD, founding chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He then became increasingly interested in the ethics of health care in 1986, when he joined The Joint Commission and developed accreditation standards related to clinical, research, and organizational ethics. He ultimately became senior advisor for Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission before his retirement in 2016.

A steadfast supporter of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Schyve made a visionary gift in 2014 to endow the new Center for Bioethics at the university, providing enduring support to the study and practice of bioethics in clinical care, the health delivery system, and life sciences research. His thoughtful commitment builds upon a lifetime dedicated to improving patient care and promoting human dignity, creating a legacy at the university that will touch countless lives across generations of patients.

Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics Summer Medical Student Fellowships

The Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics is soliciting applications for the summer medical student fellowships for 2020 in early spring 2020. This 8-week experience will allow up to  2 selected medical students to focus on research relevant to bioethical issues. The students will work with a team of faculty members and will have the opportunity to develop a poster for a URMC annual poster and scholarship for publication.

2019 Paul M. Schyve Summer Medical Student Fellows: 

Davy Ran, MPH. MD Candidate, Class of 2022:  Project Title - Medial School Curricula and the Teaching and Conceptualization of Gender According to A Multi-Metric Bioethical Analysis

Faculty Preceptor: Dr. Chin-to Fong and Dr. Timothy Quill

Arielle Schecter, MD Candidate, Class of 2022: Project Title - Facilitators and Barriers to Safe Sex and Effective Contraceptive in Deaf Women: A Mixed-Methods Study

Faculty Preceptor: Tiffany Panko, MD, MBA 

For additional information, please contactDr. linda Chaudron ,MD, MS Acting Director, Schyve Center.

Annual Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics Lecture

The University of Rochester Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics established an annual lecture in 2017. The lecture seeks to bring national and internationally recognized scholars to the university to speak about critical issues in bioethics. 

2020 Annual Lecture date will be announced soon.

Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics 2019 International Travel Awardees

Three faculty members, Margie Shaw, JD, Ph.D., Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., and Kathryn Castle, Ph.D.  were supported by the Center to present at the 9th Annual Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education in Paris, France July 2- July 5th, 2019. This international bioethics community shares methods of teaching bioethics in order to facilitate implementation of best practices across countries. Their presentation, “Don’t Touch Me, You #@*#!: Using Methods and Materials from the Humanities and Performing Arts to Teach Bioethics”, demonstrated the University of Rochester’s support of women, people of color, individuals who are underrepresented in medicine and all disenfranchised members of our community on an international platform.

Schyve Center Leadership Committee members

Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS ,Director, Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics 
Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Clinical Nursing, SON

Timothy E. Quill, MD
Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care
Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and Nursing

Marianne C. Chiafery, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD
Director, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Carl T D'Angio, MD
Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Richard H. Dees, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Richard A. Demme, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine-Nephrology, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Joan S. Rubin, PhD
Dexter Perkins Professor in History

Margie H. Shaw, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Links of Interest

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