“The bottom line is that there’s never been any proven benefit of bed rest,” says Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, an OB-GYN and professor of bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lyerly and colleagues in 2013 did a review of the scientific research on bed rest as it relates to a variety of conditions, from early contractions to high blood pressure to carrying twins. They found no benefit.
HEC Members Rimma Osipov, Sara Scarlet, and Gary Winzelberg participated in the 1st Annual UNC Story Slam. Story Slam began as a wellness event sponsored by the Annals of Internal Medicine at the annual meeting for the American College of Physicians. The aim: to provide a supportive venue for physicians to share the inspiring stories that make a career in medicine meaningful. With the support of the Annals editorial staff, Dick Wardrop, med-peds faculty member and Rimma Osipov, resident in Internal Medicine, partnered with the organizers of the Sheldon Resident Research Day to bring this event to the UNC campus. Stories were recorded and will be submitted to the Annals of Internal Medicine website, where they will be considered for publication.
On October 16th our 4 students taking the Clinical Ethics MS4 Elective presented their final projects. These projects are intended to become resources for the HEC and reflect the students’ interests as they prepare for residency next year.
The Presentation topics include:
- Julia Whitley – Considerations around “elective” C sections
- Max Nagle – Proxy decision making in the ICU setting
- Sam Robin – Emerging Capacity: Issues for Older Minors and Young Adults
- Jake Bowling – Incidental Findings: Comparisons for Radiology and Genomics
Mark Baumgarten and Tyler Clay will join the Clinical Ethics Discussion Group as student leaders, and the Hospital Ethics Committee as student members, in January 2019. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis and Eric Juengst are advisors to the student group and Arlene Davis co-chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee.
Mark Baumgarten grew up in a small town in Northeast Ohio. Over the last ten years, he has lived in Charlotte or Chapel Hill, completing his UNC-CH undergraduate degree in 2016. Although Mark ultimately majored in biology, he completed a number of ethics-related courses. During the past 2 years, working as an emergency ambulance responder in Charlotte, he routinely encountered difficult ethical dilemmas that contribute to his current interests. Mark looks forward to his work on the Hospital Ethics Committee as a way to advocate for fair and ethical treatment of all patients. Outside of school, he is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. In addition to his love of hiking, camping, and running Mark also worked as a professional whitewater rafting guide at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Tyler Clay looks forward to his service on the Hospital Ethics Committee as an opportunity to participate in tangible patient advocacy while also learning strategies necessary to provide effective and patient-centered care. He is a life-long North Carolina resident from Concord and a 2016 UNC-CH, studying French Literature and Biology. Following graduation, Tyler spent a year in Limoges, France teaching English in a science and technical high school. Upon his return, he worked as a Nutrition Coach in an integrative primary care and wellness clinic in Charlotte. Tyler continues to pursue his interests in French literature and especially representations of medicine in literature and film.
November 8–9, 2018
A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences
The Public Issues and Public Reason (PIPR) conference is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from a variety of programmes and disciplines present work that addresses current social and global challenges through the lenses of applied ethics, political theory, and the critical social sciences.
The UNC Center for Bioethics would like to welcome our new Visiting Scholar from the University of Malaga, Pablo Garcia Barranquero. He will be with us from May 3 – July 31, 2018, working with Eric Juengst on conceptual issues in longevity research
Congratulation to Mara Buchbinder on winning the UNC Hettleman prize! Please join us for Mara’s presentation of her Hettleman Lecture at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 1st in the Tate Turner Kuralt auditorium, with reception following. We hope to see you there!
Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches– A Workshop
February 12–13, 2018
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW,
This National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop will explore the evidence base and research gaps relating to the implementation of the clinical practice of allowing terminally ill patients toaccess life-ending medications with the aid of a physician. The workshop is sponsored by the Greenwall Foundation.
The workshop will examine what is known, and unknown, about how physician-assisted death is practiced and accessed in the United States; it will not be a focus of the workshop to discuss at length the moral or ethical arguments for or against the practice of physician-assisted death. The workshop will serve as a neutral space to facilitate dialogue in order to help inform ongoing discussions between patients, their providers, and other health care stakeholders.