Angie Fagerlin, Aaron Scherer, and Ruth Carlos will be discussing a project exploring bundled cost-sharing for cancer screenings. We know that you may have other conflicts since this was not on the schedule but please join us if you can.
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The Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago sponsors a Faculty Scholars Program designed to develop faculty leaders who will expand scholarship and education regarding the spiritual dimensions of the practice of medicine. The program targets junior faculty with an interest in physician spirituality, and successful applicants will receive up to $75,000/year in salary support. For more information, see pmr.uchicago.edu/fsp.
"Engaging communities in deliberations about priorities for Medicaid, Community Health Benefits, and Essential Health Benefits"
Presented by Susan Goold
CBSSM Faculty, Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Tanner Caverly, and Jeffrey Kullgren were co-authors on a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine Article on Why Doctors Order Unnecessary Scans for Back Pain. Erika Sears, MD, MS was the lead author.
The study was highlighted in UMHS news release here.
Dr. Lewis B. Morgenstern was one of the 21 Med School faculty/staff members who received honors through the Dean's Awards program. He received the Clinical and Health Services Research Award, which recognizes a faculty member or group of faculty members who are identified as having made outstanding contributions to the Medical School in clinical or health services research. You can read the press release here.
Michael Volk was an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Michigan. His clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with liver disease, including those undergoing liver transplantation and those with hepatocellular carcinoma. His research interests focus on the ethics of resource allocation, patient and physician decision making, and chronic disease management. In particular, he has conducted a series of studies designed to improve the way decisions are made about using high risk liver transplant organs.
What do subjects need to know in order to agree to participate in research? An informed consent document is assumed to communicate the essential information, but it is not clear how carefully research participants read these documents.
Traditional ethical teaching suggests that a physician's assessment of a patient's best interest should guide the decision of whether to administer emergency life-sustaining therapy, absent guidance by the patient or family members. In pediatric medicine, physicians may insist on life-saving therapy if they believe it is in a child's best interest to receive it, even if the parents seek to refuse it. It is unclear exactly how physicians make such assessments, however, and whether/how these assessments influence decision-making in critical situations. Consider the following scenario: