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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 due…

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,…

Congrats to Anne Barnhill on new book: Food, Ethics, and Society

Food, Ethics, and Society: An Introductory Text with Readings (Eds. Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Doggett) presents seventy-three readings that address real-world ethical issues at the forefront of the food ethics debate. Topics covered include hunger, food justice, consumer ethics, food and identity, food and religion, raising plants and…

What changes are needed for ACA?

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel joins Morning Joe to discuss insurers that are leaving the ACA and the rising cost of ACA premiums.See the Interview

CHIBE Summer 2016 Newsletter

Dear Colleague, We are happy to present to you our summer issue of the CHIBE newsletter. Our first story features a study conducted by Mitesh Patel, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and CHIBE faculty member. The study, published recently in Health…

A mental health model of incarceration

Thomas J. Dart, sheriff of Cook County, Ill.—and overseer of what he says is the  nation’s largest jail—believes that posterity will gaze back 100 years from now and know that we were “horrible people.” This is because our country incarcerates mentally ill individuals in overwhelming numbers for minor violations instead…

Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of the Penn MSME!

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is pleased to announce the graduation of the inaugural class of students in its new Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME) program. The MSME, which builds on the success of the Department’s outstanding Master of Bioethics (MBE) program, is designed…
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More people can ask for help in dying, but very few do

Anyone who feared that making physician-assisted suicide legal would lead to an onslaught of assisted deaths can relax. A new study led by University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel finds that only a tiny fraction of the dying want help speeding up the process. However, Emanuel is concerned about the reasons…

Bioethics after Brexit

It is too soon to know how the crisis that has been created by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will play out. But it is worth considering that the field of bioethics has a grave stake in the outcome. Modern bioethics is to a great extent a product of…

Volpp and Asch Win AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award

Penn Medicine and Wharton School Professors and LDI Senior Fellows Kevin Volpp and David Asch have won the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award for their paper detailing a study of the effects of financial incentives on physicians and patients, the organization announced. The award, which recognizes the year's "best scientific work in…

'We're at a point of historic reckoning' on standards for behavioral health care

We've come a long way from the days when mental hospitals, like England's notorious "Bedlam", doubled as carnival sideshows, where the public paid good money to gawk at the antics of the patients chained to their walls. But even in the U.S., Pennsylvania Hospital, a main place for treating people with…