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2012 Fall Newsletter

Bander Center Director to Deliver Endowed Lecture

James DuBois, PhD, DScJames DuBois, PhD, DSc, James DuBois, PhD, DSc, Hubert Mader Endowed Professer, Director of the Bander Center and the Social Science Research Group at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, will be delivering the 2012 Bander Endowed Lecture on Friday, November 9 at 7:30am in the SLU Learning Resources Center Pitlyk Auditorium. His presentation, "Medical Decision Making and the Web of Influence: Physician Narratives on Conflicting Interests," is based on insight gained from the second issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB), recently started by DuBois, which focused on "conflicting interests in medicine." Read More


2 Winners Selected for the 2011 Bander Essay Contest

For the third year, the Bander Center of Medical Business Ethics partnered with Virtual Mentor, the online ethics journal for the American Medical Association, to sponsor the Bander Essay Contest in Medical Business Ethics. Many excellent essays were received this year, and two entries were selected as winners. Laura Blinkhorn, a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, wrote the winning essay. The runner up was Marguerite Huff, a second year at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Their essays responded to the 2011 contest prompt which asked whether physicians should oppose or accommodate secret shopper visits as quality assurance mechanisms used by health insurers for their preferred provider organizations. The winners were awarded $5,000 and $1,000 prizes, respectively. Their winning essays will be published in the February 2013 issue of Virtual Mentor, which addresses the complementary topic of hospitals as a business versus as a community good.

Started in 2010, the Bander Essay Contest was created to encourage scholarly inquiry into business ethics within the practice of medicine or the conduct of medical research. Medical students, resident physicians, fellows, and physicians in practice are eligible to submit essays for consideration. Be on the lookout for this year's contest at

Virtual Mentor


New Fellow Selected as Bander Curriculum Project Moves Forward

A new Bander Fellow has been selected to complete the Bander Fellowship program for 2012-2013. Eric Armbrecht, PhD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Health Management & Policy in the SLU School of Public Health, and Director of Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) Consulting Practice, will join returning fellow Kamal Gursahani, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Read More


Bander Fellowship Projects Moving Forward

Over the past year, the Bander Fellowship Program completed the first phase in development of a model curriculum in medical business ethics for medical students and physicians in practice. This key step was a Delphi survey project, in which experts in various areas of medical business ethics (law, economics, medicine, research) across the United States were recruited to develop a consensus on the main topics that should be included in the curriculum." Read More


The Bander Center Answers: Are Concierge Practices More Ethical if They Use a "Mixed Model"?

The Ethics Group at the American Medical Association invited Bander Center Director Jim DuBois, PhD, DSc, Bander Fellowship Program Director Erin Bakanas, MD, MA, and Bander Center Coordinator Elena Kraus to write an article on concierge medicine for the American Medical News. Entitled "Will concierge medicine's image improve as it evolves?," the article was published in the online newspaper's Ethics Forum on September 3, 2012. To read the article, click here.

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