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We are pleased to announce that Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., has been appointed director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.

CBSSM is one of the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through application of social science and bioethics methods to health research, education and public outreach. The center also serves as the home of the Program in Clinical Ethics.

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Health Communication and Decision Making

A major theme of CBSSM involves using techniques from basic and applied research to determine the best practices for communicating health information to patients and the public more generally. This special interest group explores topics related to understanding and improving patient and public decision making about medical issues.

Research that falls within this programmatic area includes topics such as:

  • Risk communication and perception
  • Health communication and education
  • Development and testing of decision aids/patient education materials
  • Visualization and contextualization of health data
  • Communication of genomic information to patients and providers
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Utility and survey methods
  • Patient decision making
  • Patient-physician communication

CBSSM co-director Raymond De Vries was the keynote speaker at The Sixth Annual Terri Murtland Lecture and Scholarship in Midwifery. His talk was entitled, “What is a good birth? How do we know?”. You can read more at the UM School of Nursing website.

A number of CBSSM faculty spoke at the recent Michigan State Medical Society Conference on Neonatal and Pediatric Ethics on November 13-14 in Ann Arbor

  • Welcome and Opening & Closing Remarks:  Lauren B. Smith, MD, Chair, MSMS Committee on Bioethics
  • “What’s New at the Margin of Viability?”  Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Brandon Neonatal Intensive Care, C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital
  • “Elective Operations in Children” Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery; Co-Chair, Pediatric & Adult Ethics Committees; and Co-Director, Clinical Ethics Program, CBSSM
  • “Harms of Newborn Screening: Fact or Fiction?” Beth A. Tarini, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Visit this link for more information on the conference.

Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA, Associate Professor, was co-presenter at the 38th annual North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) meeting, November 13-17, 2010, in Seattle, WA.

Medicine and Society

This special interest group is led by Dr. Raymond De Vries, a Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Sociology at the University of Michigan, and Professor at Academie Verloskunde Maastricht, Zuyd University and Maastricht University/CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care. This group examines the social and cultural aspects of health, disease and healing, with an explicit focus on how bioethical issues are defined, discussed, and resolved. Using both qualitative and quantitative research methods, the topics explored include: 

  • Social and cultural aspects of disease and illness
  • Social organization of medical care
  • Medical and premedical education
  • Childbirth and reproductive technologies
  • Women in medicine and health care
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Cultural and social dimensions of bioethics
  • Faith, healing and medicine
  • Integrity in medical research
  • Globalization of bioethics

Janice Firn, PhD, MSW

Faculty

Dr. Firn has a BS from Michigan State University, MSW from the University of Michigan, and PhD from Lancaster University (UK). Before CBSSM, Janice worked in oncology and palliative care at Michigan Medicine. In her role as Clinical Ethicist for the Clinical Ethics Service, Janice responds to ethics consultation requests, and participates in preventative ethics rounds and education and research initiatives.  Her academic interests include bioethics; self-care, burnout, and resilience; palliative and end of life care; and interprofessional education and collaboration.

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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.

 

Wendy Uhlmann, MS, CGC

Faculty

Wendy R. Uhlmann, MS, CGC is the genetic counselor/clinic coordinator of the Medical Genetics Clinic at the University of Michigan.  She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Human Genetics and an executive faculty member of the genetic counseling training program.  Wendy Uhlmann is a Past President of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Genetic Alliance and as NSGC’s liaison to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.

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Mon, October 19, 2015

Beth Tarini is lead author on study published in the Journal of Pediatrics that found that few primary care physicians say they would order genetic testing or refer a child to a genetics specialist as a first step when they see children with two or more developmental delays, despite the higher risk of genetic disorders in these children.

Brian Zikmund-Fisher and Wendy Uhlmann are also co-authors.

Citation:

Tarini, Beth A., Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Howard M. Saal, Laurie Edmondson, and Wendy R. Uhlmann. "Primary Care Providers' Initial Evaluation of Children with Global Developmental Delay: A Clinical Vignette Study." The Journal of Pediatrics.

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