2012 Research Colloquium and Bishop Lecture

The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) Research Colloquium was Thursday, May 10, 2012, at the Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BSRB), 109 Zina Pitcher Place. 

The annual Bishop Lecture in Bioethics served as the keynote address for the Colloquium.  The lecture was jointly presented by the Bishop Lectureship in Bioethics fund and by the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM).  The University of Michigan Medical School was the beneficiary of funds for the establishment of the Ronald C. and Nancy V. Bishop Lectureship in Bioethics.  Both were graduates of the University of Michigan Medical School (Class of ’44) and were associated with the U-M in their careers.  Ronald Bishop joined the U-M Medical School faculty in 1951 and pursued a career in research, teaching, and patient care in the Department of Internal Medicine, Hematology Division, until his retirement in 1987.  He served as Director of the Unit for Human Values in Medicine (1981-1984) at the Medical School, and as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.   

The Bishop Lecture featured speakers Dr. Jerome Groopman, Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Dr. Pamela Hartzband, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Drs. Groopman and Hartzband jointly presented the Bishop Lecture with a talk entitled, “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making,” in the Kahn Auditorium at BSRB.

  2012 Bishop Lecture

Drs. Groopman and Hartzband are co-authors of a 2011 book, “Your Medical Mind,” which outlines how patients can navigate health care choices when making medical decisions.  In addition to conducting research on blood development, cancer, and AIDS, Dr. Groopman writes regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and the Washington Post.  A noted endocrinologist and educator, Dr. Hartzband specializes in disorders of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands, and in women’s health.  She has authored articles on the impact of electronic records, uniform practice guidelines, monetary incentives, and the Internet on the culture of clinical care.   

Colloquium presentations by U-M faculty, fellows and students highlighted research on medical decision making.  The colloquium presenters and their topics were as follows:

  • Melissa Constantine, PhD: Making a baby in the 21st century: An updated user manual
  • Vida Henderson, PharmD, MPH, MFA, and Deliana Ilarraza: Using community-based participatory research and user-centered design approaches in developing an interactive diabetes decision aid
  • Naomi Laventhal, MD, MA, and Stephanie Kukora, MD: Resident attitudes toward ethical and medical decision-making for neonates born at the limit of viability
  • Kathryn Moseley, MD, MPH: Distrust of pediatricians' sleep advice: Focus group results from the Project for African American Infant Safety
  • Laura Scherer, PhD: What's in a name? The effect of a disease label on parents' decision to medicate a colicky infant
  • Lauren Smith, MD: Cracking the code: Ethical issues involved in the decision to undergo genetic testing
  • Ralph Stern, MD: The myth of individual risk
  • Wendy Uhlmann, MS, CGC: The swinging gate: Genetic testing and ethical issues
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Click here to view a video of the Bishop Lecture.