Saint Louis University



November 5, 2010
Bander Endowed Lecture
Marcia Angell, MD
7:30 a.m.
LRC Auditorium, Medical Center Campus

Continuing Education: A Year in Review

This past year the Center has made strides to focus, coordinate and strengthen our efforts to serve the educational needs of the community, the university, and especially the School of Medicine through CME/CEU offerings. Offerings include lectures, a quarterly publication, and online learning modules.

Grand Rounds, Colloquiums and Lectures

The Center presents several lecture series each year, often in collaboration with others units, including the Department of Internal Medicine, the Office of Research Services, the Health Law Program, and the Department of Theological Studies. Fostering such relationships gives the Center greater presence in the university community and furthers our efforts to serve its educational needs. Additionally, the Center’s faculty receive numerous requests to speak in seminars and classes. In 2009, the Center’s faculty and PhD students delivered at least 33 talks to over 2,000 people, primarily to individuals working in the health sciences.

The Center’s colloquium series includes 3 Annual Endowed Lectures: The Distinguished Lecturer Series (fall semester), The Annual Reverend Edward J. Drummond, S.J., Lecture in Health Care Ethics (spring semester), and The Bander Lecture (Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics). These lecture series bring to campus internationally recognized ethicists to present relevant, and sometimes controversial, lectures on current or emerging issues in health care ethics. In collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, both the Drummond Lecture and Bander Lecture offer CME credits.

Health Care Ethics USA. A Quarterly Publication

Established in 1999, the periodical originally was under the editorship of Kevin O’Rourke. Since 2007, HCEUSA has been published in partnership with the Catholic Health Association and is distributed on-line. HCEUSA fills a special niche, focusing heavily on the educational needs of ethics committees in Catholic hospitals and Catholic health care organizations. The collaboration has been extremely successful. Subscriptions have quadrupled in the last few years, and in a recent survey, readers’ comments were overwhelmingly positive. For instance, one person wrote, “This publication is an invaluable, timely contribution to the field.” Others commented that the material published has been of great assistance to their ethics committee.

Innovation in On-Line Learning

In addition to its CME lecture series, the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics, in partnership with SLU’s Medical School, has introduced two online CME modules, demonstrating its commitment to providing continuing education for SLU physicians as well as those around the country.

Highlights from the Colloquium Calendar

Fall Semester 2009

  • 2009 Distinguished Lecturer Presentation: Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine. Topic: “Taking Professional Conscience Seriously”
  • 2009 Bander Endowed Lecture: William Sage, MD, JD, The University of Texas at Austin Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Hames R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in Law. Topic: “Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medicine: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Might Be Headed.”
  • 30 Years of Health Care Ethics—An Anniversary Symposium of the Department of Health Care Ethics At Saint Louis University: On November 6 and 7, 2009, the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics held its 30th Anniversary Symposium. Over 200 people—including students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the local community—participated in symposium events.
Spring Semester 2010
  • The Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics & Department of Theological Studies present: John J. Hardt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago. Topic: “Conscience in the Clinical Context: Locating the Moral Boundaries and Obligations of Professional Practice.”
  • The Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics and the Office of Research present: Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Professor of Medical Ethics, History, and Sociology Science, University of Pennsylvania. Topic: “New Uses for Old Cells, Ethical and Policy Issues for 21st Century Research”
  • 2010 Drummond Lecture in Health Care Ethics: Mark Siegler, MD, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine; Founder and Director of MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago. Topic: “Primary Care Physicians’ Views on Health Reform and End of life Care”
  • Best Practices in Mental Health Research Conference Series (funded by the National Institute of Mental Health). Topic: “Confronting Risks in Mental Health Research”

For further details and scheduled events, see SLU Bioethics Grand Rounds Colloquium Schedule:

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