Seeking feedback on writing a scientific commentary on ethics as it pertainsto interventional radiology. Often IR acquires very sick patients forwhich an IR procedure may be the only remaining palliative option, assurgery is out of the question and a decision has to be made on whether performing an aggressive interventional radiology procedure is the right thing for the patient.
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Congratulations to CBSSM faculty who were recently promoted! Naomi Laventhal & Christian Vercler were both promoted to clinical associate professor. Lauren Smith and Wendy Uhlmann were promoted to clinical professor. Scott Roberts was promoted to professor of health behavior and health education, with tenure.
CBSSM is co-sponsoring 2nd Annual Association of Bioethics Program Directors’ Professional Development Workshop to be held Wednesday, October 17th before the ASBH Annual meeting. The focus will be on the increasing personal awareness of leadership styles and approaches to allow us be more effective and satisfied at work and at home. This workshop substantially subsidized by ABPD and 14 institutional sponsors.
Elliott Tapper, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, will be seeking feedback on two survey studies. One survey deals with the methods used to diagnose cirrhosis. For the other, he will be seeking design advice for how to build surveys in regards to quality of life among patients with cirrhosis.
Suraj Suresh, MD, House Officer, Internal Medicine and Anoop Prabhu, MD, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, will be seeking feedback on some survey questions, as well as guidance on creating a data abstraction sheet to best facilitate statistical analysis for a study examining the utility of Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT) prior to endoscopic procedures.
Maria Silveira, MD, MPH, is the lead author on an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 1, 2010) on end-of-life decision making. Silveira and her colleagues found in a large-scale study that more than a quarter of the elderly lacked decision-making capacity as they approached death. Those who had advance directives were very likely to get the care that they wanted. Co-authors on the study are Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, and Scott Y.H. Kim, MD, PhD. Read a press release about the article here.
Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is at Odds with Economics--and Why It Matters is the third book by former CBSSM Peter Ubel, MD. Dr. Ubel explains that our free-market economy is based on the assumption that we always act in our own self-interest. But, using his understanding of psychology and behavior, he then shows that humans are not always rational, and he argues that in some cases government must regulate markets for our own health and well-being. Dr. Ubel's vivid stories bring his message home to anyone interested in improving the way American society works. This publication of Harvard Business Press can be ordered at amazon.com, borders.com, or barnesandnoble.com.
Paul A. Lombardo, PhD, JD
Regents' Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law
Georgia State University College of Law
"From Psycographs to FMRI: Historical Context for the Claims of Neuroscience"
Abstract: In the U.S., announcement of the Presidential “Brain Initiative” has focused attention on “revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain” And neuroscience has begun to replace genetics as the field most likely to fill press headlines. The promise of more research funding for the field has led to extraordinary claims that research will soon lead to mind reading, lie detection, and unlocking the brain-based foundations of virtue and character. But these claims echo similar assertions from a century ago, many of which were eventually discarded as quackery, eugenics or misguided pseudoscience. Then the power of phrenology was touted, and machines like the “Psycograph” were offered to “thoroughly and accurately” measure “the powers of intellect, affect and will.” Today similarly expansive claims are being made for color-coded functional magnetic resonance imagery. Are we facing true scientific triumph or mere recycled hyperbole? This presentation will explore the historical echoes of today’s most extravagant claims in the field of neuroscience, and analyze how our actual understanding of mental functioning compares to the hopeful assertions that are filling both the lay press and scientific journals.