Current guidelines for colorectal cancer screening do not account for several important individual characteristics such as prior screening history and comorbidities, yet these factors can significantly alter the risks and benefits of screening at different ages. Jacob Solomon and Sameer Saini are developing a decision aid and educational tool to help clinicians understand more personalized risks and benefits of screening.
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The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on six overarching themes:
- Research Ethics (led by Raymond De Vries and Kayte Spector-Bagdady)
- Clinical Ethics (led by Andrew Shuman and Christian Vercler)
- Health Communication and Decision Making (led by Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Medicine and Society (led by Raymond De Vries)
- Health, Justice, and Community (led by Susan Goold)
- Genomics, Health and Society (led by J. Scott Roberts)
Eric is second-year ophthalmology resident seeking advice on a medical ethics research project concerning patient selection practices for high-risk ocular surgery. Eric would like to develop a quantitative survey of ophthalmologists that would give insight into the actual decision-making behind patient selection. Eric will be seeking guidance in the particulars of defining an ethics questions amenable to surveys, and then designing a survey to answer the question.
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.
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Founders Room of the Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI.
More details about the CBSSM Research Colloquium and Bishop Lecture can be found at the Events page.
Reshma Jagsi, MD, PhD, is lead author on an article in the November 8, 2007, New England Journal of Medicine about leaves of absence during graduate medical education, specifically leaves for childbirth and infant care. Physicians in residency programs face limitations on leave time designed to ensure adequate training as well as stability of the care-delivery system. But how can these limitations be reconciled with federal mandates-and reasonable societal expectations-for childbearing leave? Click here to see the article.
Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, is the lead author on a new study showing that breast cancer patients who have had mastectomies and need radiation are less likely to receive these treatments than patients who have had lumpectomies. The article appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (online March 29, 2010). Additional authors are Paul Abrahamse, Sarah T. Hawley, Jennifer J. Griggs, Steven J. Katz, Monica Morrow, John J. Graff, and Ann S. Hamilton. Read a press release about the research here.
CBSSM's Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, is the lead author on a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine showing that women are less likely than men to receive major funding for scientific research. The study also found that only a quarter of all researchers (men and women) who received major early-career awards received further federal funding within five years. Additional authors are Amy Motomura, Kent Griffith, and Soumya Rangarajan. Read a press release about the article here.