David Hutton will be speaking about a project to examine how patients and providers make decisions and value different attributes of high-cost biologic medications for ophthalmologic use.
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Aaron Scherer, PhD
Aaron Scherer will be speaking about a series of studies exploring how beliefs in medical conspiracies influence medical decision making.
Jon Keevil from Health Decision will be speaking about working with EMRs to incorporate icon arrays for physician-patient communication.
Melissa will speak about an internal grant to better understand provider practices, specific to involving pediatric patients in end of life planning, prognostication and involvement in difficult medical decision-making.
Chithra Perumalswami is a general internist and palliative care specialist. After training at the University of Michigan for undergraduate (English and Cellular and Molecular Biology) and graduate school (medical school & residency), she worked at Northwestern University as a clinician educator in hospital medicine. During that time, she trained in hospice and palliative medicine and also worked on several local and statewide quality improvement initiatives. She subsequently returned to the University of Michigan where she recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson/US Department of Vet
The 2018-2019 application cycle is now closed.
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), a multidisciplinary research unit sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School Dean's Office, the Office of Clinical Affairs, and the Department of Internal Medicine, has an active program for Postdoctoral Research Fellows. Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Associate Director of CBSSM, leads the CBSSM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.
Bioethics Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Active projects in bioethics at CBSSM currently include the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic medicine, human subjects research ethics, empirical research with relevance to clinical ethics, global bioethics, gender equity, reproductive justice, deliberative democratic methods in bioethics, resource allocation, ethical issues associated with learning health systems, and the sociology of medical ethics/bioethics, among others. Candidates' area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law.
Decision Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow
This fellowship focuses on understanding and improving the health care communication and decisions made by both patients and providers. Past postdoctoral fellows have included scholars whose research in health care communication and decision making has been approached using theories drawn from social cognition, motivation and emotion, risk communication, human factors, ethics, and economics.
The mission of CBSSM is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through scholarship and service. CBSSM acts as a "home" for anyone interested in applying empirical social science methods to improve health.
Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and applying for grants. CBSSM’s resources and collaborative support enable fellows to build their own research programs.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education. The postdoctoral research fellowship is an annual appointment, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.
All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the postdoctoral research fellow appointment can begin. Candidates are required to submit a cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests and potential fit to CBSSM areas of expertise, a CV, and a writing sample. Evaluation of candidates will begin on January 12, 2018 and will be evaluated on a rolling basis until January 31, 2018. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation, so references should be alerted that letters will be required in mid-February 2018. All application materials (including recommendation letters) should be submitted electronically through our online application. Click here to access the online application.
Alcoholic liver disease represents a large and growing portion of the liver disease in the US and worldwide, and the most powerful treatment shown to improve outcomes for patients with ALD is complete abstinence from alcohol. Unfortunately, many patients with ALD continue to drink or relapse to alcohol use, even after their diagnosis, worsening liver-related outcomes and mortality. Jessica Mellinger will be speaking about her K award project to improve outcomes for patients with ALD by developing and testing a pilot intervention designed to increase engagement in alcohol use disorder treatment.
Funded by National Institutes of Health.
Funding Years: 2013-2018.
This research study addresses two questions. How do social relationships and social support change with age? And when are social relationships most beneficial or harmful to health? To do this we examine three waves of the Social Relations, Age and Health study spanning more than 20 years, analyzing detailed changes in social relations using both monthly assessments and multiple informants.
Specifically, this study (1) tests competing theories about age, social relations and health; (2) specifies the direction and shape of change in social relations over time; (3) tests the relative strength of the three hypothesized mechanisms of social contagion: induction, homophily, and shared environmental factors; and (4) examines competing exchange theories, e.g. altruism, developmental stake, support bank, well as their association with health disparities.
Study findings will impact scholarship by identifying how social relations change with age; the links between social relations and health; and how specific characteristics of social relations – cross-sectionally and longitudinally – influence the stress-health link and social disparities. We also hope to impact public policy with attention to social relations intervention programs that reduce long-term risk and increase protective factors.
PI(s): Toni Antonucci
Co-I(s): Kristine Ajrouch, Kira Birditt, Kai Cortina, Mick Couper, Richard Gonzales,