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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CBSSM was again well-represented at the annual American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) and the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) meetings.
At ASBH, Raymond De Vries and Naomi Laventhal presented, and CBSSM alumna, Erica Sutton presented for Michele Gornick.
At SMDM, Angela Fagerlin, Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Aaron Scherer, Mas Jimbo, and Darin Zahuranec presented.
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.
Andrew Shuman MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Susan Goold, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy; will be seeking feedback on a Greenwall submission regarding Drug Shortages: Justice Questions in Everyday Health Care. This study aims to examine how hospitals and health systems handle drug shortages and rationing decisions to identify needs and inefficiencies, as well as best practices, in order to promote justice and facilitate communication across institutions.
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.