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CBSSM Colloquium 2016-- call for abstracts

2016 CBSSM Research Colloquium – University of Michigan


Call for Abstracts


The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium will be held Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Founders Room, Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

The CBSSM Research Colloquium will feature the Bishop Lecture in Bioethics as the keynote address.  This year CBSSM is delighted to announce that William Dale, MD, PhD will present the Bishop Lecture with a talk entitled: "Why Do We So Often Overtreat, Undertreat, and Mistreat Older Adults with Cancer?"

William Dale, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine & Director, SOCARE Clinic at the University of Chicago. A geriatrician with a doctorate in health policy and extensive experience in oncology, Dr. Dale has devoted his career to the care of older adults with cancer -- particularly prostate cancer. Dr. Dale has a special interest in the identification and treatment of vulnerable older patients who have complex medical conditions, including cancer. He is actively researching the interactions of cancer therapies with changes associated with aging.


Abstract submissions are welcome from all disciplines both within UM, as well as other institutions. CBSSM is an interdisciplinary center focusing on bioethics and social sciences in medicine. Our research program areas of interest include:

  • Clinical and Research Ethics - committed to empirical research in ethics (what some have called empirical ethics) by providing an evidence base for informed policy and practice.
  • Health Communication and Decision Making – using techniques from basic and applied research, determines the best practices for communicating health information to patients.
  • Medicine and Society - examines the way health care and bioethics are influenced by social structures and cultural ideas.
  • Health, Justice, and Community - aims to improve knowledge, understanding and practice in resource allocation and distributive justice, ethics of health policy (public and private) and community engagement, with the overarching goal of improving health equity.
  • Genomics, Health, and Society - examines the ethical, social and behavioral implications of advances in genomics.

For more information about our program areas:

Submission Details: (Form is below)

  • Abstracts should contain a title, followed by the names and designations of all contributing authors and the contact details of the corresponding author.
  • Abstracts are to be a maximum of 300 words in length (exclusive of title and author information).
  • Presentations should last no more than 20 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions.  The total time allotted is therefore 25 minutes per presentation. 
  • Abstracts should be submitted on the attached Abstract Submission form.  Submit abstracts via email to Kerry Ryan, If you have questions about the abstract, please contact CBSSM at 734-615-8377 or email Kerry Ryan.
  • Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 11, 2016.
  • Notification:  Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 25, 2016.

Tentative Schedule for the Colloquium:

9:00-10:30 Presentations
10:45-12:00 Bishop Lecture:  William Dale, MD, PhD
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-4:30 Presentations

Click here for Abstract Submission Form.

The new, enhanced UMHS Ethics committee was featured in the Office of Clinical Affairs "Chief Brief." According to the article, "ECCA members complimented the committee’s improved access to ethics consultation services, focus on proactive and preventative ethics education, and unification of adult and pediatric efforts. Since the programmatic rollout, there has been a 45 percent increase in clinical ethics consultation volume from the prior year, and an 82 percent increase from average of the prior five years." Dr. Andrew Shuman and Dr. Christian Vercler are the co-directors of CBSSM's Program in Clinical Ethics. Dr. Janice Firn is the clinical ethicist who manages the program on a daily basis.

CBSSM affiliated faculty & fellows are well-represented at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Annual Meeting. Presentations below by Stephanie Kukora, Naomi Laventhal, Lauren Smith, Ed Goldman, Raymond De Vries, Chrsitan, Vercler, Andrew Shuman, Sally Salari, Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Susan Goold and Reshma Jagsi.

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Stephanie Kukora, MD
"Pre-conference workshop- Re-imagining Communication: Using Medical Improv to Boost Your Skills for Clinical Ethics Consultation"

Stephanie Kukora, MD/ Sharla Rent, MD
"Preparing for Periviability: When Does Life Begin in A Global Context?"

Christin Lawrence, DO; Dalia M. Feltman, MD, MA; Naomi T. Laventhal, MD, MA
"Uncertainty at the Margin of Gestational Viability: How Does Ethical Culture Shade Decisions for Infants in the Gray Zone"

Naomi T. Laventhal, MD, MA; Christin M. Lawrence, DO; Stephanie K. Kukora, MD
"The Many Faces of Prognostic Uncertainty: A Case for a Broader Model of Antenatal Consultation"

Lauren Smith, MD/ Ed Goldman, JD
"Dr. House: Ethical and Legal Issues Faced by Doctors Identified in the Media"

Naomi Laventhal, MD/ Phoebe Danziger, MD
"The Martyred Mother: Creation and Perpetuation of Gender, Racial, and Socioeconomic Bias in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit"

Ray De Vries, PhD
"Embracing the Electronic Fetal Monitor: The Treacherous Pursuit of Certainty in the Uncertain World of Birth"

Janice I. Firn, PhD, LMSW; Naomi Laventhal, MD; Katherine Feder, MS; Salomeh Salari, MS; Kunal Bailoor, BA; Christian Vercler, MD, MA, MA; Andrew Shuman, MD
"Expanding the Role and Institutional Impact of Hospital Ethics Committees Through Practical Application of the Three-Tiered, Proactive Ethics Framework"

Christian Vercler, MD
"Snapchat Surgeons & Normal Genitalia: Parallels with the Freak Show"

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBE
Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Affinity Group

Christian Vercler, MD
"The Narrative turn in Surgical Consent"

Susan Dorr Goold, MD
"Does Deliberation Make a Difference in Setting Health Priorities?"

Stephanie Kukora, MD
"Use of Medical Improv with Clinical Ethics Consultants
to Foster Role Insights, Perspective-Taking, and Communication Skills"

Phoebe Danzinger, MD/Naomi Laventhal, MD
"All-Natural, GMO-Free Babies: Tensions Between Parent and Clinician Uncertainty in the Prevention of Neonatal Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding"

Katherine J. Feder, M.S.; Salomeh M. Salari, M.S.; Elizabeth Karikomi, MSW; Naomi T. Laventhal, M.D., M.A.; Janice I. Firn, Phd, MSW
"Use of Preventative Ethics Rounds to Anticipate Ethical Dilemmas in the ICU: Implications for Critical Care Culture, Patients, and Hospital Ethics Committees"

Naomi Laventhal, MD
"Dismissal as an Acceptable Response to Vaccine Refusal: Ethical Considerations of the AAP Clinical Report, "Countering Vaccine Hesitancy"

Lauren Smith, MD/Reshma Jagsi, MD
"VIP Medicine: Ethical Issues in Concierge Medicine and Fundraising"

Kunal Bailoor, BA; Salomeh Salari, MS; Janice Firn, MSW, PhD; Christian Vercler, MD, MA; Andrew G. Shuman, MD
"Integrating a Predoctoral Clinical Ethics Fellowship into a Medical School Curriculum"


Research Topics: 

CBSSM Seminar: Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA

Thu, April 14, 2016, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
NCRC Building 16, Conference Rm 266C

Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Professor, University of Michigan
Co-Director, Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program
Director, Japanese Family Health Program
Co-Editor, Journal of Mixed Methods Research

"Mixed methods research approaches for empirical medical ethics”

Abstract: Mixed methods research involves the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodology. The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate potential applications of mixed methods methodology for conducting empirical medical ethics research.

A number of CBSSM faculty spoke at the recent Michigan State Medical Society Conference on Neonatal and Pediatric Ethics on November 13-14 in Ann Arbor

  • Welcome and Opening & Closing Remarks:  Lauren B. Smith, MD, Chair, MSMS Committee on Bioethics
  • “What’s New at the Margin of Viability?”  Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Brandon Neonatal Intensive Care, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • “Elective Operations in Children” Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery; Co-Chair, Pediatric & Adult Ethics Committees; and Co-Director, Clinical Ethics Program, CBSSM
  • “Harms of Newborn Screening: Fact or Fiction?” Beth A. Tarini, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Visit this link for more information on the conference.


Wed, August 27, 2014, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I


This will be the first year that CBSSM will be participating in Researchpalooza. Please come and enjoy the fun!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Circle Drive in front of Med Sci I


All UMHS employees from the Hospitals and Health Centers and Medical School are invited to celebrate this annual event.

Stop by the University Hospital Courtyard and Medical School Circle Drive for:

  • Ice Cream sundaes and sugar-free alternatives
  • Karaoke and musical entertainment
  • Festival Games
  • Department and vendor tables with information and giveaways


For more info:

Funded by the National Science Foundation

Funding years: 2010-2013

Increasingly people are communicating with one another through new media such as text messages exchanged via mobile devices. At the same time, survey response rates continue to drop. These phenomena are related to the extent that respondents only use mobile devices (21% of US households no longer have a landline phone) and frequently rely on modes other than voice, most notably text (which is certainly the norm among some subgroups in the US and increasingly among entire populations in other countries). Yet we know little about the impact of multimodal mobile devices on survey participation, completion, data quality and respondent satisfaction.

The proposed research will explore these issues in two experiments that will collect survey data on iPhones in four modes defined by whether the interviewing agent is a live human or a computer, and whether the medium of communication is voice or text. The resulting modes are telephone interviews, instant message (IM) interviews, speech integrated voice response (IVR), and automated IM. This way of defining modes enables us to isolate the effects of the agent and medium. The first experiment explores the effect of the four modes on participation, completion, data quality and satisfaction; the second explores the impact on the same four measures of allowing participants to choose the response mode.

More information:

PI: Kathryn Moseley

Co-I: Mick Couper

Andrew Shuman, MD


Andrew G. Shuman, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical School.  He is also the Chief of the ENT Section of the Surgery Service at the VA Ann Arbor Health System.  He is a service chief of the Clinical Ethics Service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM).  His current research interests explore ethical issues involved in caring for patients with head and neck cancer, and in managing clinical ethics consultations among patients with cancer.

Research Interests: 
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PIHCD: Kevin Kerber and Will Meurer

Thu, November 19, 2015, 2:00pm
B004E NCRC Building 16

Dr. Kevin Kerber and Dr. Will Meurer will be presenting an implementation trial on the topic of diagnosis and treatment of benign positional vertigo in the emergency department. At this meeting, they will be discussing and seeking input regarding plans for the in-person provider training presentation. Part of the intervention is a website to educate and motivate providers. Please review the website prior to the meeting.

To access the educational website please go to and sign up with your  email address and create a password.  After signing up, you'll receive an email with a link to click, in order to activate your account.

If you do not have a email address, you can still get access by contacting Patty Johnson at