Tolu joined CBSSM in September 2012 as a graduate work study student then transitioned into a full-time Research Area Specialist Associate from August 2015 to May 2017. She received her joint Master’s in Social Work and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. The bulk of her work at CBSSM includes assisting Dr. Susan Goold on an evaluation of the Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan’s Medicaid Expansion).
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Geoffrey Barnes is lead author on study published in the American Journal of Medicine finding new anticoagulants are driving increase in atrial fibrillation treatment and reducing warfarin therapy use.
“The data provides a promising outlook about atrial fibrillation which is known for being undertreated,” says lead author Geoffrey Barnes, M.D., MSc., cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health System and researcher at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. “When we don’t treat atrial fibrillation, patients are at risk for stroke. By seeking treatment, patients set themselves up for better outcomes.”
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Interim Co-Director Brian Zikmund-Fisher was featured in “Medicine at Michigan.” Brian shared his personal experience with risk and probability in medical decision making. This experience provided him with the personal career goal of improving patients’ lives by making health information easier to understand.
This is the first featured story in the new section “Gray Matters,” which gives our faculty members the opportunity to write about complex issues in medicine, such as ethics and decision-making.
Dr. Montas is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Montas holds a law and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the University of Michigan Adult Ethics Committee since 2009. His research interest is in the intersection of Law and Medicine, and Bioethics, with a focus on the influence of the legal system and legal norms on patient-physician communication and decision making.
Dorene S. Markel, M.S., M.H.S.A
Director, The Brehm Center
Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Learning Health Systems
Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Professor, School of Public Health, and Research Scientist at the Ann Arbor VA's Center for Clinical Research Management. Dr. Heisler's clinical interest is chronic disease, with a focus on diabetes. Her research centers on patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations and disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses.
Announcement of Position: Faculty Ethicist
The Clinical Ethics Service within the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) promotes a culture of patient-centered excellence by performing a comprehensive set of ethics-related activities. The aims of this service are to: liaise with and provide support to the adult and pediatric ethics committees; provide clinical ethics consultation and engage in preventative ethics endeavors; assist with ethics-related policy development on a regular and proactive basis; organize and administer structured educational programs in clinical ethics; and coordinate empiric research with relevance to clinical ethics within CBSSM.
The Clinical Ethics Service is led by Christian J. Vercler, MD MA and Andrew G. Shuman, MD. A dedicated clinical ethicist will manage the program on a daily basis. A cadre of faculty ethicists will rotate on service throughout the year and work closely with the clinical ethicist. Trainees and students will rotate as well. Dedicated administrative support is organized through CBSSM.
The Clinical Ethics Service employs a roster of faculty ethicists who are responsible for staffing ethics consultations arising from any of the clinical venues (inpatient and outpatient; adult and pediatric) within Michigan Medicine during their time on service. They will supervise and participate in the institutional educational endeavors and preventative ethics rounds in a regular and on-going manner. Faculty ethicists will also develop and provide clinical rotations for medical students and house officers on a cohesive ethics service. Each faculty member will be expected to rotate on service for four to six weeks per year, and attend/participate in committee meetings and other events throughout the academic year (this will not necessarily require suspension of other activities when on-service). Depending on the total number appointed, each faculty ethicist will receive $15,000-$20,000 of direct salary support annually, to be distributed and allocated in conjunction with their home department. The initial appointment will last two and a half years and is renewable. Additional appointments will last two years.
Candidates are expected to have faculty appointments at University of Michigan and be in good academic standing; any professional background is acceptable. Candidates are expected to have qualifications that meet the standards outlined by The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) for accreditation for clinical ethics consultants. Direct experience with clinical ethics consultation is required. Familiarity with ethics education and related clinical research would be helpful. Excellent organizational and communication skills across multidisciplinary medical fields are required.
Candidates will be vetted and chosen by a selection committee. Candidates are asked to submit:
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- One page maximum summary of (1) education/training related to ethics consultation; (2) clinical ethics consultation experience; and (3) motivation/interest in the position
- Letter of support from Department Chair/Division Head/Center Director or equivalent
- Submit formal application via email to: email@example.com
- Application is due September 25, 2017
- Appointment will take effect January 1, 2018
- Leaders of the Clinical Ethics Service: Christian J. Vercler, MD MA & Andrew G. Shuman, MD
- Administrative contact: Valerie Kahn – firstname.lastname@example.org 734 615 5371
CBSSM’s Clinical Ethics Service sponsors the monthly Bioethics Grand Rounds, focusing on ethical issues arising in health care and medicine. This educational session is open to Michigan Medicine faculty and staff and CME credit is available.
Link to previous Bioethics Grand Rounds:
- Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD -- “The Good Physician: Maintaining Moral Integrity in the face of Technocratic Goals" (March 2016)
- Kunal Bailoor, MD Candidate -- "Advance Care Planning: Beyond Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA)" (July 2016)
- Carl Schneider, JD -- “Can Informed-Consent Laws Work? Evaluating Compelled Disclosure as a Method of Regulation: Carl Schneider JD" (Sept. 2016)
- Charlotte DeVries, Jeanne Mackey, Merilynne Rush, & others --"When Death Comes Callin': A Musical Event" (Oct. 2016)
- Paul Lichter, MD -- "Follow the Money: Ethics and Morality in Physician-Industry Relations" (Nov. 2016)
- Andrew Shuman, Edward Goldman, & Christian Vercler -- "Futility Revisited: UMHS Policy on Non-Beneficial Treatments" (Dec. 2016)
- Meredith Walton -- "The Ethical Principles Underlying Two Methods of Organ Donation" (Jan. 2017)
- Devan Stahl, PhD -- "Responding to Hopes for a Miracle" (Feb. 2017)
- Autumn Fiester, PhD -- "The Difficult Patient Reconceived" (March 2017)
- Scott Grant, MD, MBE -- "Dealing with Complications and Poor Outcomes and Surgical Futility" (May 2017)
- Anna Kirkland, JD, PhD -- "The Vaccine Injury Compensation Court and Its Critics" (June 2017)
- Susan Goold, MD, MHSA, MA, FACP -- "Trust me, I'm an Accountable Care Organization" (July 2017)
- Nicholson Price, JD, PhD -- "Black-Box Medicine" (Sept. 2017)
- Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil -- "Ethical Issues Related to Fundraising from Grateful Patients" (Oct. 2017)
- Lauren Smith, MD -- "Ethical Issues in Tranfusion Medicine" (Nov. 2017)
- Janice Firn, PhD, MSW & Tom O'Neil, MD -- "Professionalism, Ethical Obligations, and the Moral Imperative of Self-Care" (Dec. 2017)
- Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD; Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil; David J. Brown, MD (Panel Discussion) -- "Examining the Ethics of Victors Care" (Feb. 2018)
- Katelyn Bennett, MD -- "Social Media and the 'Medutainment' Phenomenon" (March 2018)
- Andrew Shuman, MD -- "Ethical and Practical Approaches to Drug Shortages" (April 2018)
- Naomi Laventhal, MD -- "Pediatric Care Before Birth: Complex Perinatal Care Coordination and Decision-Making at Michigan Medicine" (May 2018)