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Penn Clinical Ethics Mediation Program

The Penn Clinical Ethics Mediation Program offers training in clinical ethics mediation skills and techniques for physicians, nurses, administrators, ethics committee members, social workers, legal counsel, pastoral care provides and other health care professionals. This program enhances the skill set of any health care professional who deals with conflict in a clinical setting. Our workshops cover an introduction to the mediation process, dynamics of the patient/provider relationship, categories of clinical ethics disputes, the neutrality dilemma, and mock mediations. Students will be placed in a variety of clinical simulations in which they will play the roles of disputants and mediators, with ongoing discussions and critiques of mediator performance.


Inspired by scholastic advancements in the Humanities on matters related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) studies, whereby a distinct field of queer studies has been created, this project aspires to take the next step for the benefit of LGBTQI persons in the medical world by marrying queer scholarship with bioethics studies and medical policy. While there has been substantial scholarship in the neighboring fields of sexuality studies and gender studies in recent years, such work has addressed only a handful of these important bioethical concerns. The Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, therefore, seeks to redress this scholastic omission by: demarcating a sub-field within bioethics that focuses exclusively on this interrelated set of issues; creating more visibility for and access to the important work that has already been done in both medical humanities and bioethics; highlighting the issues in this area that need scholarly attention; and taking the steps necessary to move the dialogue forward in bioethics and medical humanities.

Ethical Issues in Criminal Forensic Genetics

The Forensic DNA Phenotyping Project at the Penn Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy is part of a larger project, Ethical Issues in Criminal Forensic Genetics, which examines the potential benefits and problems associated with using genetics in law enforcement. FDP is a recent development and has had only limited use in law enforcement.  Yet this technology that promises to help police scientifically predict a suspect’s identity is likely to gain support. The FDP Project will monitor and analyze developments in FDP internationally.  The project tracks changes in the use of FDP, the laws and regulations related to FDP, and the evolving science behind FDP.  It serves as an authoritative source and gathering place for scientists, practitioners, and students interested in the use of this new technology.  This project is funded by the National Institutes of Health--National Human Genome Research Institute's Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications program, R01 HG004740.