Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Events

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities sponsors many lectures and events during the academic year. Please see the calendar below for a listing of our upcoming events—as well as relevant events presented by other groups at Northwestern University and its affiliated clinical partners.

Jan

17

Megan Crowley-Matoka - topic TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Jan

22

NMH Ethics presents a Schwartz Rounds - New Year, New Perspectives on the Meaning of our Work

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Northwestern Memorial Hospital presents

A Schwartz Rounds

New Year, New Perspectives on the Meaning of our Work

Moderator
M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA BCC
Program Manager, NMH Medical Ethics

Panelists
Lea Ann Arnold, DNP, RN
Director, Nursing Informatics, NMHC

Sara Humes, RN, BSN
Clinical Program Manager, Advanced Heart Failure
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Erin Kinahan, BBA, JD
Vice President and Senior Associate General Counsel

Kendall Shadley, CPXP
Patient Engagement Coach, NMHC

Healthcare workers experience one of the highest burnout rates of all professions. In the face of complex regulatory requirements, productivity demands, and advances in technology it is increasingly difficult to stay connected to what gives our work its deepest meaning. For healthcare professionals who are one step removed from patient care, it can be equally challenging--albeit for different reasons. Our panel will share their unique “behind the scene” perspective on finding meaning in their work and invite all participants to share strategies for renewing a commitment to NM’s Patient First mission.

Schwartz Center Rounds® is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Jan

24

ECMO: Clinical Innovation, Uncertainty and Ethics - Kathy Johnson Neely

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program

presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

Kathy Johnson Neely, MD, MA
Medical Director, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Ethics Program
Attending Physician, Palliative Medicine
Northwestern Medicine, Central Region
Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

ECMO: Clinical Innovation, Uncertainty and Ethics

The deployment of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is rapidly expanding; in its wake, there are extraordinary “saves” alongside ethical uneasiness. Some of the uneasiness is prompted by everyday intensive care medicine – for example, obtaining adequate consent in the context of time-constrained emergencies; determining adequate duration of time-limited trials of a high-burden intervention; and establishing the locus of authority within a shared medical-decision making partnership. Some of the uneasiness relates to innovation with ECMO, the uncertainty of clinic outcomes for the ECMO-rescued patient, and circumstances in which ECMO patients finding themselves on a “bridge to nowhere.” This talk will describe the beginnings of ethical discourse about ECMO, in clinical literature and at NMH.

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Jan

24

NMH Patient Safety Grand Rounds - TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Quality/Patient Safety

presents

Patient Safety Grand Rounds

Speaker and topic TBA.  Watch this space.

The purpose of this program is to improve patient care and outcomes through the prevention of patient safety and system breakdowns.

Learning Objectives:

• Discuss a current issue related to patient safety
• Propose strategies to improve patient safety

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Jan

31

Ethical Issues in the Care of Patients with Limited English Proficiency - M. Jeanne Wirpsa

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program

presents

A Montgomery Lecture

With

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC
Program Manager & Clinical Ethicist, Medical Ethics Program
Research Chaplain, Spiritual Care & Education
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ethical Issues in the Care of Patients with Limited English Proficiency

An estimated 26 million Americans age 5+ are considered to be Limited English Proficient. This case-based talk will examine ethical issues that arise in the provision of healthcare to this vulnerable population.

 

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Feb

07

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Feb

14

Robert Dorfman - The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents a Montgomery Lecture

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Feb

18

Science in Human Culture/Klopsteg Lecture Series presents Christopher Lane - How a Hormone Was Sold....

Evanston - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Science in Human Culture/Klopsteg Lecture Series

presents

Christopher Lane, PhD
Professor, Department of English
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
Northwestern University

How a Hormone Was Sold as the 'Moral Molecule' That Would Save Humanity

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities.  We are sharing it here with permission.

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Feb

21

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Feb

28

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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