Upcoming Events

Center Seminars

Each year, the Center presents a series of monthly seminars focusing on challenging issues in ethics and the humanities as they relate to health care. Seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information about Bioethics and Humanities Center Seminars, contact Deirdre Neilen at neilend@upstate.edu

Center Seminar Schedule


April 24

12-1 pm

Turning Ethical Theories Into Useful, Practical Strategies: One Approach to Teaching Ethics in a Health Professions Curriculum

Jan Coy, PT, DPT, MA

While many educators have avoided teaching specific ethical theories as part of an ethics course in a health professions curriculum, Dr. Coy introduces her students to three specific ethical theories: Mill's utilitarianism, Kant's deontology, and a virtue-based approach from Aristotle, Thomasma and Pelligrino. Dr. Coy will share how she uses these theories to help students appreciate that there are useful, practical ways to use ethical theories when faced with ethical situations in clinical practice. The seminar will also introduce participants to the Realm-Individual Process-Situation (RIPS) Model that is frequently used to teach ethical decision making physical therapy curricula in the United States.

Dr. Jan Coy is Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Education at SUNY Upstate. She earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Syracuse University where she wrote her master's thesis, "The Philosophical Basis of Informed Consent." She has taught a full semester course, Medical Ethics for Physical Therapists, for the past 9 years at Upstate.

Location: 3509 Setnor Academic Bldg.

Free and open to the public.

Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch! SUNY Upstate faculty, staff, and students and members of the community are welcome to attend.