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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 in 3509 Setnor (unless otherwise noted) 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.

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


CBH Journal Club

2019-2020 Season

September 13, 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.

Discussion led by Deirdre Neilen, PhD

October 11, 2019

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

Discussion led by K. Faber-Langendoen, MD

November 2019




CBH Journal Club - Past Sessions
2016-17 Season
October 14, 2016
(3509 Setnor)

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

Discussion led by James Dwyer, PhD

November 11, 2016

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

Discussion led by Gregory Eastwood, MD

December 9, 2016

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

Discussion led by Deirdre Neilen, PhD

January 13, 2017

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

Discussion led by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH

February 3, 2017

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

Discussion led by Robert S. Olick, JD, PhD

March 10, 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.

Discussion led by Amy Caruso Brown, MD

April 7, 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.                  

Discussion led by 1st Year Medical Students Marcus Kolber & John Echevarria

May 12, 2017

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

Discussion led by Tom Curran, MD

June 2, 2017

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

Discussion led by Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD


2017-18 Season

September 15, 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.

Discussion led by Sondra Mott, RN, BA, MS                                                  

October 13, 2017

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

Discussion led by Rebecca Garden, PhD

November 10, 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.

Discussion led by Robert Olick, JD, PhD

December 8, 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.

Discussion led by Gregory Eastwood, MD

January 12, 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.

Discussion led by Anthony Weiss, MD

February 9, 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.

Discussion led by Amy Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS

March 9, 2018

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

Discussion led by Deirdre Neilen, PhD

April 13, 2018

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

Discussion led by Jim Dwyer, PhD

May 11, 2018

"Nudge Units to Improve the Delivery of Health Care", MS Patel, KG Volpp, and DA Asch.
New England Journal of Medicine, 2018; 378(3):214-216.

Discussion led by Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD



2018-19 Season
September 14, 2018 "Physician Burnout, Well-Being, and Work Unit Safety in Relationship to Reported Medical Errors", DS Tawfik, J Profit, TI Morgenthaler, et al. Mayo Clinic Proceedings online, 2018:  1-10.

Discussion led by Sondra Mott, MS, BA, RN
October 12, 2018 "Showing That Medical Ethics Cases Can Miss the Point: Rewriting Short Stories as Cases", W Nash, Literature and Medicine, 2018; 36(1):190-207.

Discussion led by Rachel Fabi, PhD
November 9, 2018

"Only Connect: The Case for Public Health Humanities", L Saffran, Medical Humanities, 2014; 40(2):105-110.

Discussion led by Rebecca Garden, PhD

December 2018 No Journal Club in December
January 2019 No Journal Club in January
February 2019 No Journal Club in February
March 15, 2019

Voluntary Euthanasia: Implications for Organ Donation,” I Ball, R Sibbald, and R Truog, New England Journal of Medicine, 2018; 379:909-911.

Discussion led by Gregory Eastwood, MD
April 12, 2019

"Solving the Silence," O Killeen and L Bridges, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2018; 320(19):1979-1980.

Discussion led by Thomas Curran, MD

May 2019 No Journal Club in May