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  • BioEdge: Summer school in bioethics in Manhattan
    capital like New York City we have the benefit of having access to not only world renowned faculty for the summer school but also to world class institutions and hospitals to facilitate learning in and out of the classroom The members of our faculty include bioethicists lawyers policy makers activists transplant surgeons researchers and practitioners Many serve on influential international and national boards including the WHO UNESCO International Bioethics Committee the United States Senate Committee on Aging and the United Network for Organ Sharing Where will most of the students come from Are many younger students taking an interest in bioethics We welcome students of all ages including health care professionals policy makers and journalists but we are aiming especially at undergrads and post grads planning to work in academia biomedical and health related industries Several interns work with your organization every year Do many of them continue working in bioethics Yes GBI has regular unpaid internships We welcome intern students and volunteers interested in actively participating in our programs Our interns and volunteers should expect to gain practical skills in organizing and advertising events a greater understanding of the daily running of an international NGO as well as the opportunity to work alongside international organizations and UN agencies As a former assistant professor of Applied Ethics myself I work with students to accommodate university or departmental requirements to receive school credit for the internship We welcome candidates interested in interning with GBI to contact us The summer school s lectures cover a wide range of topics Which do you think will attract the most interest Controversial issues such as embryonic stem cell research human cloning cryonics human genetic engineering markets in organs euthanasia and abortion and human enhancement are topics of interest for most students There are other summer

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/summer_school_in_bioethics_in_manhattan/11303 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Mario Cuomo, bioethicist
    the exclusive litmus test of Catholic loyalty Cuomo stated in his address at Notre Dame We should understand that whether abortion is outlawed or not our work has barely begun the work of creating a society where the right to life doesn t end at the moment of birth where an infant isn t helped into a world that doesn t care if it s fed properly housed decently educated adequately On the death penalty He was a resolute opponent of capital punishment a stand which nearly cost him the governorship On end of life issues In 1985 Cuomo set up the New York state biomedical Task Force on Life and the Law 23 experts who assist the State in developing public policy on issues arising at the interface of medicine law and ethics Its reports have been cited in a number of important federal and state court decisions One report eventually established irreversible brain stem damage as the criterion for death It also opposed the legalisation of euthanasia No matter how carefully any guidelines are framed assisted suicide and euthanasia will be practiced through the prism of social inequality and bias that characterizes the delivery of services in all segments of our society including health care The practices will pose the greatest risks to those who are poor elderly members of a minority group or without access to good medical care The growing concern about health care costs increases the risks presented by legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia This cost consciousness will not be diminished and may well be exacerbated by health care reform MORE ON THESE TOPICS bioethics obituaries USA This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/mario_cuomo_bioethicist/11282 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist
    problems and challenges emerged one after another in rapid succession fuelled by technological advances creating a demand for somebody anybody to provide thoughtful input into their management It was a field that notably attracted few but among the thin ranks were many intellectual giants Many reasons have been put forward to explain the glamour of bioethics including the intellectual bamboozlement of the medical profession the chaotic state of philosophy departments and the abdication of moral authority by the medical establishment But Caplan has a different explanation bioethicists like himself were not afraid of the media Bioethics gained social legitimacy by not following the British analytical philosophy tradition into the ivory tower but rather the Socratic tradition of engaging the public in the marketplace He worked hard to engage journalists by teaching at Columbia University journalism school and then by serving on the board of a journalism think tank the Poynter Institute He has always tried to teach the media that bioethics is not simply an after dinner mint but often the core subject of interest to those following stories about healthcare and the biomedical sciences Later on he began to write a syndicated newspaper column By the time social media burst on to the scene in the mid 2000s opening a new world of blogs and websites and somewhat diminishing the authority and impact of the mainstream media bioethics responsibility to engage in public discourse was taken for granted and even extolled by national commissions and panels Other academics were not always impressed and grizzled about celebrity bioethicists and oversimplification But for Caplan the proof is in the pudding By using the media to move into the public arena the field engaged the public imagination provoked dialogue and debate and contributed to policy changes that benefitted patients and healthcare providers

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the_optimist_i_have_lived_in_a_golden_age_says_us_bioethicist2/11271 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns “failure” of bioethics
    these lifesaving resources and are allowed to Yet the state extracts death duties and inheritance taxes but not the most important of their previous assets their organs The failure to meet even our most minimal moral obligations is damning It represents the failure of modern practical ethics At some points in his essay Savulescu seems almost despondent I left a promising career in medicine to do bioethics because I had done philosophy in 1982 and attended Peter Singer s lectures in practical ethics The field was new and exciting and there were original proposals and arguments Singer Glover Lockwood Parfit and others were breaking new ground giving new analyses and arguments Now medical ethics is more like a religion with positions based on faith not argument and imperiously imposed in a simple minded way often by committees or groups of people with no training in ethics or even an understanding of the nature of ethics What medical ethics needs is more and better philosophy and a return to the adventurousness and originality of its pioneering days There have been successes euthanasia and better treatment of animals to mention just two But the field has in many ways dried up or become dominated by moralists bent on protecting privacy and confidentiality at great cost and getting consent and in other ways protecting basic human rights and dignity Medical ethics isn t sufficiently philosophical and when it is philosophical it s the bad arguments or a narrow range of arguments that often seem to make a difference And there is the attempted scientification of ethics in empirical ethics a kind of sociological ethics surveying people s opinions and practice But this can never directly lead to answering the question what should we do From this it appears that Professor Savulescu believes that

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/editor_of_leading_bioethics_journal_mourns_failure_of_bioethics/11268 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Debate over history of US Christian bioethics
    a view of Christian morality developed that eschewed a defining Christian content for Christian morality and Christian bioethics Scholars rejected the position that there could be moral content in a Christian bioethics not accessible to a secular bioethics This meant that there could not be a distinctly Christian bioethics What about powerful messages from the Catholic world particularly the recent Popes Engelhardt claims that they too abandoned a distinctively Christian outlook and relied far too much on philosophy Neither John Paul II nor Benedict XVI adequately appreciated that what had occurred was at least in part a function of post Vatican II Roman Catholicism s attempt to speak and think in a secular or philosophical idiom open to all Among other things this focus on philosophy raised the question as to why one should pay attention to the philosophical arguments of theologians who wrote as want to be moral philosophers when the same philosophical arguments were often usually made more clear and better by philosophers Engelhardt insists that Christian bioethics is radically different from secular bioethics However in the same issue of the journal a Catholic bioethicist Daniel P Sulmasy rebuts Engelhardt s bleak view In his opinion Engelhardt is reviving an older debate between Protestants and Catholics about the relationship between grace and reason or between faith and natural law Protestants tend to be suspicious of reason as a means for reaching the truth while Catholics see faith and reason as the two wings of truth A more reasonable reading of the history of bioethics is that proponents of natural law like McCormick and Ramsey were eventually rejected by a progressively secularizing bioethics that came to view the method they employed natural law as inherently religious specifically Christian and therefore suspect in an officially secular bioethics Although their method

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/debate_over_history_of_us_christian_bioethics/11159 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    were nearly all Christians but Christian bioethics has become a marginal interest Why Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Christian+bioethics (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Veterans Affairs scandal stems from a crisis of ethics: bioethicist
    and outdated technology and a shortage of doctors and nurses and physical space to treat patients The Wall Street Journal lamented a corrosive culture which had damaged patient care But not long ago VA was at the forefront of quality care and patient safety It had identified weaknesses in its ethical culture and had set up a multi million dollar program to deal with it called Integrated Ethics How did things go so wrong The fundamental reason Shuster writes in Bioethics Forum a blog at The Hastings Center is that ethics was an also ran behind statistics and key performance indicators Ironically the very programs that made it possible for the VA to outpace other health care institutions in quality care efficiency and accountability also seem to have contributed to ethics failure in actual performance The VA s focus on quantifiable performance measures and accountability took a life of its own and helped foster the creation of a culture where ethics integrity and responsibility were simply overlooked or perceived as an impediment to achieving quality care The Integrated Ethics program was supposed to promote ethical behaviour Instead she says it quickly became overwhelmed by a vast and rigid organization that valued documentation over action and reduced ethics to compliance and risk management As a result ethics in the VA became bureaucratized an exercise of filling out forms and managerial compliance MORE ON THESE TOPICS bioethics ethics committees public health This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/veterans_affairs_scandal_stems_from_a_crisis_of_ethics_bioethicist/11064 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    in the the US Veterans Affairs Department is fundamentally a crisis of ethics according to the former hospital ethicist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center Are bioethicists tools of policy technocrats Michael Cook 18 July 2014 Comments tags bureaucracies ethics committees Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A

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