Bander Center faculty, fellows, staff, and student affiliates are committed to research and scholarship on medical business ethics. The following are highlights of recent projects.
- AMA Virtual Mentor Special Issue on "Specialty Choice and Business Decisions in Medicine" was edited by two medical student affiliates of the Bander Center, Nathaniel Brown and Jeffrey Dueker. The issue explores how the business of medicine shapes medical student's decisions on specialty choice.
- Conflicting Interests in Medicine: A Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Special Issue. With seed funding from the BF Charitable Foundation, Dr. DuBois edited a narrative symposium on conflicting interests in medicine. The symposium includes personal stories from 10 physicians on the impact of financial relationships to medical research or practice, with commentary articles from leading scholars. Three past Bander Fellows, Govind Nagaldinne, Anthony Mikulec, and Salvador Cruz, all contributed personal narratives. Elena Kraus co-authored a commentary article.
- UPWARD Project. With seed funding from the BF Foundation and an NIH R21, Dr. DuBois, Elena Kraus, and others are studying 120 cases of wrongdoing in medical research and practice. The project will identify the environmental factors associated with wrongdoing, and will inform educational and prevention efforts.
- Bander Essay Contest in Medical Business Ethics is co-sponsored by the Bander Center and AMA's Virtual Mentor. The first 2 prize winning essays include "Reforming the Carrot-and-stick of Health Care Payment Systems," by Amanda J. Redig, PhD, and "Ethics and Retail Clinics," by Thomas Heyne, M.St.
Additionally, the 2010 Fellows group has an article under review, "Is there a place for virtue in medicine," and the 2011 Fellows group is working on developing a publication on a model curriculum for medical business ethics education for medical students.