Seminar: "Shared Decision Making in Political and Social Context"

by Dr. Zack Berger, MD, PhD, Core Faculty, Berman Institute of Bioethics; Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

July 11 at 12 PM / @ the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), André-Barbeau Auditorium

In the News: Terri Schiavo, Vincent Lambert's "Big Sister"

Eric Racine offers interesting ethical considerations on the media coverage of the Terri Schiavo affair during an interview for the French newspaper La Croix.

The Montreal Health Ethics Seminar Series

The Montreal Health Ethics Seminar Series is a monthly seminar/webinar series aimed at bringing people together to think about and discuss issues in health ethics. Our aim is to promote health ethics through seminars that foster dialogue between groups of participants with different perspectives (e.g., academics, clinicians, patients, community members). Stay tuned for the next 2019-2020 series!

News coverage of PhD student John Aspler's research on FASD

Find out more about PhD student John Aspler’s research on Canadian media representations of FASD! John’s research explores the experiences of people with FASD when they encounter negative stereotypes about the disorder in the media and the public.

New commentary on the practical implications of intersectionality in clinical medicine

This new commentary by Claudia Barned, Corinne Lajoie, and Eric Racine, published in the American Journal of Bioethics, stresses that clinical encounters do not occur in a vacuum, and notes institutional, embodied, and ethical aspects to consider when reflecting on the role of intersectionality in clinical medicine.

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