Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

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Women Speak for Themselves: Conscience and the New Catholic Feminism
Summary of a talk by Helen Alvare, professor of law at George Mason University, on the controversy between the HHS contraceptive coverage mandate and appeals to stop the mandate in the name of religious freedom and conscience.
Brian Green
Learning Ethics at the Bedside: Health Care Ethics Internship alumnae at work
Alums of the Center?s health care ethics internship can thank the Honzel Family Foundation for their education on day-to-day ethical decision making for medical professionals.
Children as Patients: Fairness in Organ Transplantation
The case of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan raises questions about the process for determining who should get scarce organs for transplant.
Ryan Holmes
Ethical Issues in Dealing With Seasonal Influenza
Ethical Issues in Dealing With Seasonal Influenza
Sarah Ludwig
Influenza Vaccine Shortage: The Ethics of Rationing
Influenza Vaccine Shortage: The Ethics of Rationing
Sarah Ludwig
Seasonal Influenza: The Ethics of Staying Home
Seasonal Influenza: The Ethics of Staying Home
Sarah Ludwig
Kidneys for Sale: A Reconsideration
Ethical issues in a market for human organs
Miriam Schulman
Spark of Conscience Inflames Debate: Conscientious Refusals in Health Care
A conference held at Santa Clara University November 2011exploring conscientious refusals in health care
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A Case of Conscientious Refusal: Rights and Responsibilities
A Pharmacist Refuses to Fill a Prescription for Contraception.
Margaret R. McLean
Ethical Responsibilities of Hospital Trustees
Presentation to 2012 annual member Governance Conference of Premier Inc., one the two largest health care group purchasing organizations in the country.
Kirk O. Hanson
Pay Attention: Using Study Drugs
Offered some Adderall by a friend with a prescription, a freshman weighs whether using study drugs is the right thing to do.
Jake Teeny
Unavoidable Dilemmas in Bioscience
Center Bioethics Director McLean raises top ethical problems facing scientists and offers a framework for addressing them.
Margaret R. McLean
10 Milligrams (video)
Prize winning video on the use of study drugs on college campuses. From The Big Q contest for films on student ethics
Nicole Grazioli, Tara Khalilnaji, Jen LaPonte
Adderall=Cheating?
The ethics of taking study drugs. Entry in The Big Q contest for films on student ethics
Robyn Louie
Media's Effects on Body Image (video)
Commercials, movies, impact body image for students. Entry in The Big Q contest for films on student ethics
Kathryn Klein, Caitlin Whalen, Kristina Woodcock
Evolving Vaccine Trials: Adaptive Informed Consent in the Global Context
Challenges of insuring that participants in the developing world understand clinical trials and consent freely
Brenda Everling
Delinquency or Mental Health Problem? Reflection
Psychologist and professor Thomas Plante discusses the case of Pablo Sanchez
Thomas Plante
Delinquency or Mental Health Problem? The Case of Pablo Sancez
Providing culturally competent mental health care
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Thinking Ethically About MRSA
A set of materials on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus for high school and college coaches, trainers, and athletic directors
MRSA: Best Ethical Practices (pdf)
Core ethical concerns for prevention and management of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Margaret R. McLean
IPS Stem Cells: New Ethical Quandaries
Induced pluripotent stem cells raise questions about cloning, privacy, and informed consent
Sally Lehrman
Savior Siblings: A Case Study Based on My Sister's Keeper
Using the movie "My Sister's Keeper," this case study reviews the science and ethics behind designer babies
Kari Kjos
Organ Transplantation: Protecting Donor Dignity
An exploration of organ transplantation after cardiac death
Margaret R. McLean
Perspectives on Cognitive Enhancement
Hank Greely, professor of law at Stanford University, and the Emerging Issues Group at the Ethics Center look at the ethics of taking brain-boosting drugs.
Dignity of Being Human
An exploration of Catholic approaches to artificial nutrition and hydration (in "Health Progress).
Gerald D. Coleman, SS; Margaret R. McLean; Joan Ma
A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
A case about Undocumented Parents and a Difficult Birth
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences - Reflections by Rebecca J. Hester
Response to a case study A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Rebecca J. Hester
Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences - Reflections by Nayamin Martinez
Response to a case study A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Nayamin Martinez
Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences - Reflections by Karen Peterson-Iyer
Response to a case study A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences - Reflections by Marc Tunzi
Response to a case study A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Marc Tunzi
Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences - Reflections by Marc Tunzi
Response to a case study A Difficult Birth: Navigating Language and Cultural Differences
Marc Tunzi
Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients: Introduction
An introduction to Culturally Competent Care for Latino Patients
Karen Peterson-Iyer
Conflicts in Physician-Patient Relationships
Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics Edmund Pellegrino discusses the conflicts that can arise between patient autonomy and the personal beliefs of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists
Miriam Schulman
Reflections on Research Ethics
The editor of Science magazine and president emeritus of Stanford University discusses issues confronting universities and journals.
Donald Kennedy
Medical Ethics Meets Organizational Ethics
Lessons from both clinical and business ethics apply in a hospital context.
'G' Is for Genes and Genomes
Genetic testing poses ethical problems for individuals who may learn they have an illness for which there is no treatment.
Margaret R. McLean
'H' Is for Heredity and Huntington's
An introduction to the ethics of genetic counseling and genetic testing.
Margaret R. McLean
'I' Is for Information
an introduction to confidentiality and informed consent.
By Margaret R. McLean
'C' Is for Compassionate and Caring Community
An introduction to the virtue of compassion in a health care context.
Margaret R. McLean
'E' Is for Everyday Ethics
While the big issues like cloning or end-of-life treatment may catch the headlines, we deal with important ethical issues every day.
Margaret R. McLean
'F' Is for the Future
A discussion of consequences as an approach to ethics in a health care context
Margaret R. McLean
Don't Take Your Organs to Heaven
An analysis of the ethical issues in organ donation
Margaret R. McLean
Cases in Medical Ethics: Student-Led Discussions
A selection of medical ethics cases designed to help determine whether medicine is the correct calling for pre-medical students.
Chris Cirone
Steroids and Sports: The Ethics of Winning
Steroid use by athletes is a form of cheating.
Michael Dillingham
Xenotransplantation: Weighing Individual Benefit and Risks to the Public
Welcome to the world of xenotransplantation, where healthy animal organs are swapped for failing human organs.
Margaret R. McLean
Doctor-Patient Confidentiality
Letter to the editor of the New York Times.
Rob Elder
Friends don't let friends starve themselves
A student reflects on the ethical duties to friends who have eating disorders.
Meg Parker
Shhhhhhh, Don't Tell
What should a physical therapist do when she suspects that her patient isn't being entirely honest with his physician?
Wolfe, Smith, McLean, Shanks
We've Got You Covered
Covering for an incompetent RN creates problems for patients.
Wolfe, Williams, Smith, Silvestri, McLean
Should Violent Felons Receive Organ Transplants?
Reflection on the decision to grant a California prisoner a heart transplant.
David Perry
Healing The Wounds that Never Heal
A medical researcher struggles with access to experimental procedures for patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Alfred Lane, M.D.
'A' is for Autonomy
A brief definition of autonomy as viewed in the context of medical ethics.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
'B' is for Beneficience (and Baseball)
A brief description of beneficence in a medial context.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Are you Lost or Something?
A discussion of virtues in a hospital context.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Physician's Role in Organ/Tissue Donation
What are the ethical questions involved when asked to help out an illegal immigrant in desperate need of help?
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Memories
In ethics, how we decide is just as important as what we decide
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Happy Birthday!
Ethics in a hospital context.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
Questions Anyone?
Questions facing a professional ethicist.
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D.
The Acupuncture Alternative
Do physicians have a duty to refer patients to alternative forms of therapy?
Anh Tran, S.J.