Upcoming Events

Rebecca Dresser, JD Grand Rounds

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Professor and author Rebecca Dresser, JD, will present “Does Everyone Have a Duty to Volunteer for Research” Wednesday March 22, 2017, during Grand Rounds for the Program in Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law.  The presentation is being co-sponsored by the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, West Michigan Cancer Center, and WMU Cooley Law School.

The event will be held at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus Auditorium and starts at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres and Dresser’s presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Please RSVP for the event by Tuesday, March 14, with Trischa Carr at 269.337.4472 or trischa.carr@med.wmich.edu.

Bioethics at the Movies

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the Program in Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law is pleased to host “Awakenings.” This movie is open to members of the medical school community, which includes students, residents, faculty, and staff. One guest (significant other or child of appropriate age) is permitted per attendee. 

This movie will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Kalamazoo. Admission is free and provided by WMed. Food and drinks will be available for purchase and are encouraged to support our theater partner, Alamo. Parking fees are the responsibility of the attendee. For students, MEDU 6800 credit will be available in the future.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be a pre-movie discussion at 5:45 p.m. and the movie will start at 6 p.m. This event concludes by 9 p.m.  A link will be provided the first week of March to RSVP for this showing.

Spring Bioethics Book Club

Fourteen Stories:  Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers, by Jay Baruch

An emergency physician and faculty member at Brown Medical School, Jay Baruch has long been fascinated by how illness can make people strangers to their own bodies, how we all struggle to maintain control as the body decays and life slowly becomes unrecognizable, and how health professionals discover and struggle with the limits of their own competence and compassion.  In Fourteen Stories, Baruch doesn't present a series of clinically based essays but a rich collection of short fiction that gives voice to a variety of people who, faced with difficult moral choices, find themselves making disturbing self-discoveries.

This discussion will be led by Tyler Gibb, JD, PhD, on the following dates, times, and locations: 

  • April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the WMed Information Commons
  • April 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at WMU, 3025 Brown Hall
  • April 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at University Roadhouse

You can sign up for this book club at ethicscenter@wmich.edu. The first 10 people to sign up will receive a complimentary copy of this book. This event is not open to the public.