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New CE Credit Course: Neuroethics with Jonathan Moreno

Explore the complex world of neuroethics with a new online course taught by Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD. CME, CNE, and other types of continuing education credit are available. To learn more, visit the course page at the button below, or watch the sample video.Learn More

Announcing the Class of 2019 Fellows in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

Maddy Kilbride will receive her PhD in Philosophy from Princeton this summer. Prior to beginning her PhD, she obtained her BA in Philosophy at Bates and an MA in Philosophy (of Science), also at Princeton. Many of you likely know Maddy, as she was a boot camper last summer and has…

Conflicts of Interest for Patient-Advocacy Organizations

On March 2nd, a team of researchers in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy published in the New England Journal of Medicine one of the first major studies assessing the conflicts of interest of patient advocacy organizations. The team, which included Matthew McCoy, Harald Schmidt, and Ezekiel Emanuel, analyzed…

Human Gene Editing: Where Does the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Report Bring Us?

At the famous Asilomar conference in 1975, it was generally agreed that, owing to the scientific potential of recombinant DNA, the moratorium should be lifted but strict conditions should be put in place to avoid risks to public health and the ecosystem. The scientific community's exercise in self-governance had paid off, with…

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey has been named the University of Pennsylvania’s 19th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective Jan. 1, 2018.   The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price. A world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine, Lavizzo-Mourey has served since 2003 as president…

Children's menus still laden with fat, sodium, and calories despite industry pledges

"Some restaurant chains in the U.S. have added healthier menu options, but at the end of the day, what we're seeing is that little progress has been made to improve the nutritional quality of kid's menu offerings despite industry pledges," says senior author Christina Roberto, PhD, an assistant professor of…

How Can I Afford to Work Out Without Going Broke?

“A lot of people try to do the exercise that they think will have the biggest health benefit, but if it’s something you don’t like, then you’re probably not going to stick with it,” said Dr. Kevin Volpp, a medical professor at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in behavioral psychology.…

Medicare Bundled-Payments Model Cut Joint Replacement Costs By More than 20%

PHILADELPHIA - Bundled payment models can push Medicare and health system costs down considerably without sacrificing quality of care, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, the first to combine hospital cost and Medicare claims data to identify drivers of…

Why Aren't More Doctors Using Patient Engagement Tools?

Why Aren't More Doctors Using Patient Engagement Tools? Medical Economics, November 9, 2016 Modern Medicine reports on a new study by CHIBE Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, showing that 69 percent of health care providers are using patient engagement to get patients more involved in their own care, while that number…

Master of Health Care Innovation

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine introduces an initiative to address the rapidly changing health care landscape by advancing innovation among health care professionals worldwide: the online Master of Health Care Innovation. The first cohort begins in August 2017. Applications are…

Bioethics Bootcamp Accepting Applications

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for Bioethics Boot Camp, a three-week intensive introduction to bioethics, held at Penn on June 4-23, 2017.  Bioethics Boot Camp is designed for graduate students in philosophy, political theory, law and the social sciences.  At…

Announcing the online Certificate in Health Care Innovation

How do you transform your career so that you can transform health care? Experience Penn's unique combination of expertise in health policy, behavioral economics, and operations management in a convenient, four-course online Certificate in Health Care Innovation. Courses run for just six weeks each. Sign up by October 21, 2016…

Ulrich Edits Hastings Center Special Report on Nursing

A special report from The Hastings Center – focusing specifically on nursing – is now available. It was edited by Penn Nursing’s Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing. The report titled Nurses at the Table: Nursing, Ethics, and Health Policy includes a series of essays on nursing, ethics…

Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics Accepting Applications

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is now accepting applications for the Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. The mission of this 2-year, postdoctoral Fellowship is to train scholars and future leaders in academic biomedical ethics. Fellows will participate fully in the life of the Department of Medical…

Alzheimer's Disease, A Humanitarian Crisis That Leaves Patients Needing Asylum

Depth of dusk, a husband and wife tend to the day’s quotidian kitchen chores. He tries to help, but, of late, the house where he’s lived with her for some 50 or more years has become an uncomfortable space. He sets down the plate he’s struggling to put away, and she…
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How health technology can reinforce biases against the mentally ill

Imagine it is 2 a.m. in the ER at High Tech University Hospital. The charge nurse turns to his computer monitor to see who waits in triage. Three new patients. Alongside one of their names sits the dreaded red airplane icon. This means the patient has visited the ER more than…

Trump's Dr. Oz Appearance Has Nothing To Do With Health

The [Dr. Oz] show has trumpeted, Trump will finally release some actual, specific medical records. (At least, the campaign said he would, then backed off and said the appearance would be “a conversation generally about well-being,” and then reversed again after the show’s taping.) But those records probably won’t clear…

Don't Only Blame Mylan for $600 EpiPens

We should be anything but surprised at the sky-high prices we now see for prescription drugs. In the past several weeks, the public’s attention has focused on Mylan and its 400% EpiPen price increase since 2009. Yet EpiPens are not—by a long shot—the only drugs that have sparked recent outrage due…

The Ethics of Behavioral Health Information Technology

A subpopulation of individuals with serious mental health conditions makes repeated and frequent visits to emergency departments and psychiatric crisis centers. These so-called super utilizers often have financial problems and present with chronic or untreated comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders. These patients are often well known to clinical staff and…

Waking up about sleep: A public health need, overlooked

Back to school lunacy is upon us.  Parents with kids in tow will raid retail outlets, snatching up the latest gadgets, backpacks, brand name clothes, and sneakers.  Many will schedule every minute of their child’s day for the next nine months. Kids will be signed up for soccer, gymnastics, instrument lessons,…