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We are delighted to officially announce that Raymond De Vries will be joining Angie as the new Co-Director of the Center. Ray has been an active faculty member of CBSSM for several years.  He is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Education, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Sociology, as well as a visiting Professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  He is particularly interested in the regulation of science; clinical trials of genetic therapies and deep brain stimulation; international research ethics; and the social, ethical, and policy issues associated with maternity care.

Scott Kim recently stepped down from the Co-Directorship of CBSSM to take on a new position as Senior Investigator in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.  He continues to assist with various CBSSM-related research projects.

 

Fri, February 21, 2014

Dr. Reshma Jagsi was involved with a study that reported an increase in women who recieved breast reconstruction following a masectomy for breast cancer. The study found that, "46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007." Jagsi said, "Breast reconstruction has a big impact on quality of life for breast cancer survivors. As we are seeing more women survive breast cancer, we need to focus on long term survivorship issues and ensuring that women have access to this important part of treatment."

Fri, February 28, 2014

Brian Zikmund-Fisher was quoted in a Scientific American article about risk communication of certain chemicals in the lives of expectant parents. He explains, “Look at your life and the choices you make, and do things that can make you safer easily, but don't overreact to anything ... There are very, very few things out there that have such huge effects on our lives or our baby's lives that one teeny bit of exposure is going to make a difference.”

CBSSM's Co-Director Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D., has been named one of "25 Champions of Shared Decision Making." According to the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, "Angie has spent her career testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment options to patients, especially through decision aids. Based on the knowledge she has gained, Angie developed and tested decision aids for prostate cancer and breast cancer prevention. Her work has truly advanced the field of risk communication and patient-physician communication." 

Congratulations Angie! You can view the list here

On May 1, Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of general medicine and a research scientist at VA CCMR and Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) urged the Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee to enact stronger state health care transparency laws, including requirements to make more data on price and quality publically available. "As more Americans face high levels of cost-sharing in their insurance plans, it's even more important to improve access to data that helps them anticipate their out-of-pocket expenses," Kullgren told the panel. Proposed legislation would establish an easily accessible database to help consumers compare both prices and quality of care for various medical procedures and prescriptions.      

Thu, May 22, 2014

Susan Dorr Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. is the senior author on an article receiving the annual “Professionalism Article Prize” by the ABIM Foundation. Jon C. Tilburt, M.D., M.P.H. of the Mayo Clinic is the study’s first author.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of medical professionalism. The article “Views of U.S. Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in July 2013.

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Thu, May 22, 2014

CBSSM faculty member Susan Dorr Goold M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. was interviewed by the LA Times about doctors assisting with prison executions despite ethics rules.

“Physicians are healers. That knowledge should be used only for healing, not executions,” said Dorr Goold, professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan who is the Chair of AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. “Participation as a physician is not ethical.”

Read the full LA Times story here.

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Wed, June 04, 2014

A recent study, “Influence of “GERD” Label on Parents’ Decision to Medicate Infants” by CBSSM faculty Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Angela Fagerlin, and Beth Tarini was featured in a recent New York Times article. Laura Scherer, previous CBSSM postdoctoral fellow and current Assistant Professor at University of Missouri was lead author on the study.

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Wed, June 04, 2014

 The Visualizing Health Project was recently featured in “Seeing Is Believing: Infographics Revolutionizing The Patient Experience” (Forbes). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Michigan Center for Health Communications Research (CHCR) joined forces for “Visualizing Health,”  a project examining how data visualization for risk behavior can be applied. Their premise is that people need to be able to understand and respond to multiple types of health risk information. CBSSM’s Angela Fagerlin, Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Nicole Exe, and Knoll Larkin were involved this project.

CBSSM Seminar: Barbara Koenig, PhD

Thu, October 23, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
NCRC 16-266C

Barbara Koenig, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Institute for Health & Aging, UCSF

“Revisiting the “Race” Issue in Genomics”

Summary: Throughout the post-genomic era, efforts to categorize human populations according to geographical ancestry have been contentious. How does genetic variation map on to social categories of difference? How can researchers seeking to understand health disparities—or to interrogate diseases associated with particular genetic variants—pay attention simultaneously to race as social identity, and biological characteristic?

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