Syracuse, NY 13210
The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is a department of SUNY Upstate's College of Medicine. While housed in the College of Medicine, we serve all four colleges of SUNY Upstate (Health Professions, Nursing, Graduate Studies, and Medicine) and University Hospital. Our faculty hold primary appointments in the College of Medicine; our scholarly backgrounds include medicine, philosophy, law, literature, and the social sciences.
Founded by Kathy Faber-Langendoen in 2000, the Center brought together the Program in Medical Humanities (led by Robert Daly), the Program in Bioethics, and humanities scholars from the College of Health Professions. The Center is funded in part by a generous endowment from the SUNY Upstate Medical Alumni Association. The Center was formally granted departmental status in 2006.
Our mission is to advance the scholarly and professional understanding of bioethics and the medical humanities, and thereby promote clinical health care and health policy that is patient-centered, compassionate, and just. Like other clinical departments in medical schools, we do this in three major ways:
- Education: we teach courses, seminars, workshops for students, residents, and clinicians in practice
- Scholarly Work: we carry out and publish a wide range of scholarly work, ranging from original research to our literary journal, The Healing Muse
- Clinical Services: we provide ethics consultation services for patients, families, clinicians, and administrators for University Hospital and its outpatient facilities
In addition, we are increasingly involved analyzing and offering recommendations regarding health care policy and legislation, working to achieve our mission of more compassionate and just health care in the public arena.
We can be found at 618 Irving Avenue, located at the intersection of Irving and Adams Street. Come visit us!
What's New. . .
The Healing Muse
Order your copy today!
The twelfth volume of The Healing Muse, SUNY Upstate's journal of literary and visual arts published annually by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities is now available for sale. We provide a forum for artistic approaches to the body, illness, and medicine by publishing the voices and perspectives of people with illness and disability, health care practitioners, and caregivers.
We accept submissions of creative work (fiction, narrartives, essays, poems, visual art) from September 1 to May 1 each year; the journal is published in October. Submission and order information is available at thehealingmuse.org.
Center faculty teach required ethics courses, in all four colleges of SUNY Upstate. We also offer a variety of electives.
Spring 2013 Consortium for Culture and Medicine electives:
Center Seminars will resume in January 2013.
Literature & Medicine
The literature and medicine program of the Center encompasses courses, workshops, writing awards, and The Healing Muse, the Center's journal of literary and visual art. For further information on the Center's lit and med program, email Deirdre Neilen, PhD, or Rebecca Garden, PhD.
Links of Interest
The following are just a few of the many other Internet resources on bioethics and the medical humanities. These links will take you off Upstate's website. To return to SUNY Upstate, you will need to use your back button.
American Medical Association
American Society of Bioethics & Humanities
Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University
Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College
*EthicShare - free tool for online research in bioethics
Georgetown University - Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Georgetown University ETHXWeb Boolean Search
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Loyola University Chicago - Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy
Medical Resources - NurseGroups.com
National Institute of Health-Bioethics Resources on the Web
New York State Task Force on Life and the Law
New York University Medical Humanities
Project Biocultures, is a web-based forum for research, conferences, and intellectual exchange among the medical sciences, social sciences, area studies, culture studies, biotechnology, disability studies, and the humanities.
University of Buffalo Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care
University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities, Health Law & Ethics
University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota Teaching Ethics for Research, Scholarship and Practice
University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics
*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement of the website or the accuracy of the content therein.
The Healing Muse:
Submissions accepted annually September 1 through May 1.
New Medical Student Elective: Physicians & Social Responsibility I
Register for this elective, exploring fundamentals of physicians' responsibilities to improve the health care system. Meets Wednesdays starting November 20. Provides a path towards getting credit for service learning. Details can be found here.
CBH Research AssistantApply though Upstate's On-Line Employment System