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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…

Psychosis Risk: What Is It and How Should We Talk About It?

Abstract: Schizophrenia and other psychosis spectrum disorders do not develop de novo but emerge from prodromal stages that are named and operationalized differently depending on the research group or consortium and its theoretical orientation. As a result, a complex lexicon now exists for characterizing individuals’ risk of subclinical symptoms converting to…

Doctor Outlines Plan to Battle Antibiotic Resistance in 'The Washington Post'

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, about his opinion piece in the Washington Post that argues the cheap price of antibiotics has led to…

We need unbiased medical exams for presidential candidates

As unusual as the 2016 presidential election has been, one obvious aspect has gone largely unnoticed: By the time the next president of the United States is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, he or she will have reached or come close to reaching 70 years old. That all the remaining major…

Psychiatric Institutions Are A Necessity

Behind the bars of prisons and jails in the United States exists a shadow mental health care system where nearly half a million inmates have a serious mental illness like schizophrenia. In hospitals, severely mentally ill patients languish for months in acute care units, which are designed to stabilize patients, not…

Price Transparency Not a Panacea for High Health Care Costs

In a JAMA editorial, UPenn PRC Director Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, discusses whether price transparency helps lower the cost of health care when pricing of services is a choice tool for  deciding on a health care plan. Responding to a new study by Desai et al in the same May…
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Dr. Steve Joffe Awarded PCORI Grant on Learning Healthcare Systems

Penn Medicine bioethicist and LDI Senior Fellow Steven Joffe has received a $1 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to fund a three year study of the governance structures of 16 Learning Health Systems across the country.Learn more
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Health policy: Addressing conflicts of interest of public speakers at advisory committee meetings

A study reveals that, from 2009–2014, a considerable percentage of public speakers at Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee meetings had disclosed or undisclosed financial associations with the drug company seeking product approval. Amid calls for increased public engagement in health care and health-care research, steps must be taken to minimize the conflicts…
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Penn professor calls for more focus on ethics in nursing

Nursing students at Penn learn valuable skills in biology and physiology, but they also study a more unusual subject: ethics. While there isn’t a significant amount of research on ethics in nursing, bioethics as a whole enjoys a greater presence at Penn than it does at many other universities. “One of…

Penn LDI CHIBE April Newsletter

Dear Colleague, We are happy to present to you our spring issue of the CHIBE newsletter. Our first story features a study conducted by Christina Roberto, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine. This study looks at the effects of sugary soft-drink labels…

Instructional Designer

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a bright, motivated Instructional Designer (ID) to lead the translation of the subject expertise of faculty to the online learning environment for effective educational outcomes. Working across the Department’s multiple online…

Tickets Available for Penn Bioethics Film Festival

    • 2016 Bioethics Film Festival
Due to popular demand, we are releasing additional FREE tickets to the previously sold-out remaining events (April 13 & 14) in the inaugural Penn Bioethics Film Festival. The series, themed “Authority and Rebellion,” spotlights films on human experimentation. Remaining films include Transformation (2006), Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary…

Meet the Class of 2018 MEHP Fellows

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is pleased to announce that Ronit Y. Stahl, PhD and Bege Dauda, PhD have been selected as Penn Fellows in Advanced Biomedical Ethics. Dr. Stahl is a historian whose scholarship addresses the role of religion in health-related public policy. Dr. Dauda is a…

Yes, We're Mammals, But Is It Wise These Days To Promote Breastfeeding As 'Natural'?

Hippos do it. So do orangutans. There’s no question that for us mammals, nursing is one of those defining behaviors in nature. The question is whether public health officials, in promoting breast-feeding among human mothers, should deploy the term “natural.” Two academics pondering these and other linguistically charged questions sparked an online…

MBE Student Anastasia Vishnevetsky Wins Health Photo Contest

Anastasia Vishnevetsky, a Master of Bioethics student and 4th year medical student at Penn, has won 1st Place in the Center for Global Health's 1st annual photo contest. The photo, taken in Cusco, Peru, is captioned: "...a photo of a nurse visiting an elderly woman in the villages outside Cusco…
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How Well is the Affordable Care Act Doing? Reasons for Optimism

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now 6 years old. Fair-minded people want to know whether the ACA is succeeding. Even more important is the question of how it will do in the future. The context of the ACA’s past is important for understanding its future. The ACA narrowly passed. A…