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CBH Journal Club

The faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities present the CBH Journal Club, a monthly seminar discussing recent and classic journal articles in bioethics and the medical humanities.

Journal Club meetings are held from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on zoom and are open to all at Upstate.

For more information about the CBH Journal Club, or to be added to our mailing list, please call 315.464.5404. 


CBH Journal Club


April 2021

"Earthed Lightning: A Prescription for Poetry in Practice and Teaching," G Sgro. Acad Med. [published online ahead of print, 2021 Mar 16]. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000004061.

5 poems: "The Azalea Poem" by Jack Coulehan, MD;  “What The Doctor Said” by Raymond Carver;  "The Way It is With My Father" by Hayden Saunier; "Circus Man" by Gaetan Sgro; "Postscript" by Seamus Heaney

March 2021

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” Harper's Magazine. published online 2020 July 7.

"How Can We End# CancelCulture-Tort Liability or Thumper's Rule?". NK Carr NK. Cath. UJL & Tech. 2019;28:133.

February 2021

"Epistemic Justice as a Virtue of Social Institutions,” E Anderson. Social Epistemology. 2012;26(2):163-73.

January 2021

"At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated,"A Mandavilli, The NY Times. Published online 2021 Jan 10 [updated 2021 Jan 28].

"Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines?," H Schmidt, LO Gostin, MA Williams. JAMA. 2020;324(20):2023-2024.

December 2020

"Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice," DW Sue et al. The American Psychologist. 2007;62(4):271-286.

"Microaggressions in Clinical Training and Practice," MK Overland et al. PM & R. 2019;11(9):1004-1012.

November 2020

"Race, Ethnicity And Disability: The Financial Impact Of Systemic Inequality And Intersectionality," National Disability Institute; 2020.https://www.nationaldisabilityinstitute.org/reports/research-brief-race-ethnicity-and-disability/.

"Police brutality is our lane too, doctors say," C Nze et al. STAT. https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/05/physician-advocacy-against-police-brutality-thisisourlanetoo/. 2002 June 5

October 2020

"Majority taxes: Towards antiracist allyship in medicine", MO Mensah. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020;383(4):e23.

“Blackface in white space: Using admissions to address racism in medical education”, N  Anderson, D Boatright, A Reisman, A Anderson, et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020;35(10):3060-3062.

August 2020

How to Be an Antiracist [excerpts], IX Kendi. New York: One World; 2019.


July 2020

"Bioethicists can and should contribute to addressing racism", M Danis, Y Wilson, & A White. American Journal of Bioethics. 2016;16(4):3-12.

May 2020

Not dying alone: Modern compassionate care in the COVID-19 pandemic,” GK Wakam et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020 April 14. 

“‘I’m sorry I can’t kiss you’: Coronavirus victims are dying alone,” J Levitz & P Berger. Wall Street Journal. 2020 April 10.

April 2020

"Developing the duty to treat: HIV, SARS, and the next epidemic", J Dwyer, DF Tsai. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008;34(1):7-10.


March 2020

"Does it Matter if this Baby is 22 or 23 Weeks?", A Janvier, T Prentice, et al. Pediatrics. 2019;144(3): e20190113.


February 2020

"Climate change: a health emergency", CG Solomon, RC LaRocque. N Eng J Med. 2019;380:209-211.

"Take two aspirin and call me by my pronouns", S Goldfarb. The Wall Street Journal. 12 September 2019.



January 2020

 "Responding to those who hope for a miracle: Practices for clinical bioethicists", T Bibler, M Shinall M, & D Stahl. American Journal of Bioethics. 2018;18(5):40-51.

December 2019

"Woman who inherited fatal illness to sue doctors in groundbreaking case", R McKie
The Guardian [online]. November 25, 2018.


"Familial genetic risks: how can we better navigate patient confidentiality and appropriate risk disclosure to relatives?", E Dove, V Chico, M Fay, et al.  J Med Ethics. 2019;45(8):504-507


"It is time the law stopped incentivizing confidentiality: bringing duties of care more in line with professional guidance", M Fay & E Dove
J Med Ethics [blog], May 30, 2019.


October 2019

"When Professional Rightness is Personal", A Frank. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 2018; 8:35-40.


September 2019

Managing Cancer Patients’ Expectations Amid Hope and Hype”, J Jacobson
Health Affairs, 2019; 38:320-3.

Medical Futility: A New Look at an Old Problem”, C Misak, D White, & R Truog
Chest, 2014; 146:1667-72.

March 2019

 "Voluntary Euthanasia: Implications for Organ Donation", I Ball, R Sibald, and R Truog
NEJM, 2018;379:909-911.

2017-18 Season

November 2018

Only Connect: The Case for Public Health Humanities", L Saffran, Medical Humanities, 2014;40:105-110.

October 2018

Showing That Medical Ethics Case Can Miss the Point”, W Nash, Literature and Medicine, 2018;36(1):190-207.

May 2018

"Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool", RA Pearlman, et al. American Journal of Bioethics, 2016; 16(3):3-14.


April 2018

Excerpt from "Responsibility for Justice", by Dr. Iris Marion Young.


March 2018

Excerpt from "Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing", Dr. Victoria Sweet. 


February  2018

"Saving or Creating: Which are We Doing When We Resuscitate Extremely Preterm Infants?", Travis N. Rieder. The American Journal of Bioethics, 2017;17(8):4-12.


January 2018

"Smart Homes, Private Homes?  An Empirical Study of Technology Researchers' Perception of Ethical Isssues in Developing Smart-Home Health Technologies", Giles Birchley, et al. BMC Medical Ethics, 2017; 18(1):1-13


December 2017

"Color Corrected:  Is "Diversity" an Improvement in Affirmative Action, or the End of it?", Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, October 9, 2017: 71-75.


November 2017

"Lowering the Age of Consent:  Pushing Back Against the Anti-Vaccine Movement", Allison M. Whelan Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Fall 2016; 44(3):462-73.


October 2017

Excerpts from Eli Clare's book, "Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure"

September 2017

Perceptions of Control and Unrealistic Optimism in Early-Phase Cancer Trials", LA Jansen, D Mahadevan, PS Appelbaum, et al.  Journal of Medical Ethics, August 2018;44:121-127.



2016-17 Season
June 2017

"Is There a Duty to Die?", John Hardwig. Hastings Center Report, 1997; 27(2): 34-42.

May 2017

"Irrational Exuberance: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation as a Fetish", Philip M. Rosoff and Lawrence J.Schneiderman. American Journal of Bioethics, 2017; 17(2): 26-34.

April 2017 "Why I Hope to Die at 75:  An Argument That Society and Families - and You - Will be Better Off if Nature Takes its Course Swiftly and Promptly", Ezekiel Emanuel. The Atlantic, October 2014.                  .

March 2017

"Cutting Close to the Bone: Student Trauma, Free Speech,and Institutional Responsibility in Medical Education", Kumagai, Jackson, and Razack. Academic Medicine, 2017; 317(1): 19-20.


February 2017 "The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward in the Coming Years", Lawrence O. Gostin, et al.
JAMA, 2017; 317(1):19-20.
January 2017

"Autonomy, Paternalism, and Justice: Ethical Priorities in Public Health", David Buchanan
American Journal of Public Health, 2008; 98(1):15-21.

December 2016

"Wit", Margaret Edson
(3 key scenes discussed)

November 2016

"Ethics Consultation Quality Assessment Tool", RA Pearlman, et al. American Journal of Bioethics, 2016; 16(3):3-14.

October 2016

Aldo Leopold's "The Land Ethic" from A Sand County Almanac, 1949