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 American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
Country: America (U.S.A.)
Date (year) of establishment: 2011
Head of the Committee: Harold J. Bursztajn, MD. Ass. Prof.
Executive Committee: 1.Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D. President and Founding Director of the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit
hbursztajn@hms.harvard.edu
http://www.forensic-psych.com
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
co-founder, Program in Psychiatry and the Law @
BIDMC Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School
96 Larchwood Drive, Cambridge, Ma 02138 USA
2.Terry Bard DD Secretary-Treasurer and Founding Director of the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit
Terry_Bard@hms.harvard.edu
Clinical Instructor in Pastoral Counseling
BIDMC Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School
3.Michael Ashley Stein: Director of the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit
http://www.hpod.org
Visiting Professor of Law
Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability
Pound Hall, Room 423
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
4.Andre Churchwell, MD: Director of the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit
http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/reporter/index.html?ID=11712
Associate Dean for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of School of Medicine
Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute MCE, S. Tower-Suite 5200 1215 21st Ave., S.
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37232-2318
5.Omar Sultan Haque, MD, MTS: Director of the UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit
Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
William James Hall, Rm. 964
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Name of the host Institute: American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
Address: American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Inc.
96 Larchwood Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: +001-617-492-8366
Fax: +001-617-441-3195
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                                          Harvard Medical School

                                          Division of Medical Ethics



                                          Fellowship in Medical Ethics

                                                       2012-2013


The Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School supports research and teaching on ethical issues in medicine,


health, and healthcare policy and practice.  The Fellowship in Medical Ethics is open to physicians, nurses, lawyers,


social workers, and others in academic fields related to medicine or health with a serious interest in medical ethics and


a wish to further their knowledge of the history, philosophical underpinnings and contemporary practice of bioethics.


Fellows attend a weekly three hour seminar designed to explore a wide range of issues, including ethical theory, clinical


ethics, research ethics, and selected topics in public health ethics. Most weeks there is extensive reading and a brief


paper. During the year, fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Division of Medical Ethics and are eligible to


participate in Harvard University courses with permission of the course instructor as well as monthly division Faculty


Seminars and various public programs in medical ethics sponsored by the Division. 


Fellows must have external salary support.  The fellowship fee is $3,500.  Most Fellows receive this support from their


sponsoring institutions, and The Division of Medical Ethics will assist applicants who would like help approaching their


sponsoring institutions with such a request.


Fellows are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement and the contribution they are likely to make as


researchers, clinicians, and teachers in medical ethics.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of not


more than 750 words, describing the reasons for their interest in the Fellowship, including any particular topics or


questions they are most interested in exploring. This letter is an important opportunity for applicants to tell us about


themselves, their interests, and their motivations in pursuing training in medical ethics.  Applicants should also provide


two letters of reference and a third letter from their supervisor or key senior staff person, demonstrating institutional


support for the candidate’s involvement in the HMS Fellowship and likely opportunities the candidate will have to


contribute to bioethics at their home institution, upon completion of the Fellowship. 


Deadline for submission of application materials is April 9, 2012.  Three copies of all application materials should be


sent to: Dr. Mildred Solomon, Fellowship Director c/o Helena Martins


Harvard Medical School, Division of Medical Ethics, 641 Huntington Ave, 2nd Flr, Boston, MA  02115.  If you have any


questions please contact Helena at helena_martins@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-3041.

Research:










American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D. and Terry R. Bard, D.D., co-Directors


96 Larchwood Drive, Cambridge, MA  02138



American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics


 Our Unit is in the midst of creating an infrastructure to build collaborations among ethicists,


clinicians, scientists, psychologists, jurists, religious, human, and social studies scholars and


             artists and journalists in all media in order to produce materials and create a


                  climate for the teaching and learning of bioethics in a manner that is


                                   memorable and meaningful even in the


                                   midst of real-life stress and uncertainty.



       The American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics is a global center,



guided by experts, for fellowship and resource development for students, faculty, and practitioners interested 


in clinical and ethical decision making under conditions of uncertainty and great moral hazard.  Uniquely, the


American Unit aims to foster the development of psychologically mindful clinical decision-making narratives


that are internationally recognized as memorable; to raise infrequently asked, yet vital, vivid ethical questions;


and to innovate psychologically informed teaching resources and methods for lifelong learning in the medical


and mental health professions. The American Unit develops materials that stimulate shared discourse and


inform professionals and the lay public about decision making amid uncertainty and tension.


     Since medical ethics is best understood and effectively implemented in the context of underlying psychology,


the American Unit explores and develops materials based upon an understanding of the psychology of clinical


and ethical decision making under conditions of uncertainty when there is great moral and personal hazard. 


The American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics develops vivid, meaningful,


and memorable resources that extend beyond usual models of classroom teaching materials so that, even in


the midst of busy clinical practices, these materials will continue to inform clinical and ethical decision making


under conditions of uncertainty.


     Our efforts are part of the greater UNESCO goal, which is to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations,


cultures and peoples, based on respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can


achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and


the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.



Current Projects by Board Members:

 

I. Development and Co-Sponsorship of Teaching Programs for:


A.    The use of religious and secular narratives including historical fact, fiction and poetry


        as teaching narratives for therapeutic intervention and bioethical decision making


        (with ISPS Boston Area Chapter)



~Terry Bard, D.D. & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.


 B.     Bioethical decision making informed by emotional intelligence



~with Dr. Daniella Keidar & Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry & the Law @ BIDMC


 C.     Improving clinical and ethical decision making in the treatment of autism



~Harold Bursztajn, M.D. & Omar Haque, M.D.


 D.    The use of cinema and other visual and musical arts to represent bioethical decision making under


        conditions of uncertainty, conflict, mortal danger and moral hazard



 

II. Bioethics Casebooks Addressing Dilemmas Related to:


 A.    Pharmaceutical influence tied to clinical and research conflicts of interests



B.     What we can learn for clinical choices today from physician and patient choices during the Shoah


 ~Harold Bursztajn, M.D., Terry Bard, D.D., & Omar Haque, M.D.



 

III. Research & Service Projects:


 A.      Genetic advances and their implications for medical and legal education



~Professor Michael Stein & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.


 B.      Implications of genetic advances for legislation



~Professor Michael Stein & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.


 C.      Implications of genetic advances for human subject protection



~ Terry Bard, D.D. & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.


 D.      Monitoring the internet for undue pharmaceutical company influence



~Harold Bursztajn, M.D. & Omar Haque, M.D.


 E.       Art and medicine



~Andre Churchwell, M.D., Harold Bursztajn, M.D., & Terry Bard, D.D.


       F. Informed consent, from Pro Forma to Process



~Harold Bursztajn, M.D. & Terry Bard, D.D.                                           

 

F.       What is clinical wisdom? 


       


     ~Omar Haque, M.D. & Harold Bursztajn, M.D. 


 


H .   Elder care, child care, care of the disadvantaged and other bioethical and legal issues


    


      in the care of vulnerable patients 


  


      ~Harold Bursztajn, M.D., Andre Churchwell, M.D., & Terry Bard, D.D.





IV. Exploring the Value of Diversity in the Biosciences and Clinical Services:


         ~Andre Churchwell, M.D. & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.



 V. Disability & Bioethics:


       ~Professor Michael Stein & Harold Bursztajn, M.D.



Project Participants:

 

Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., President and Co-Founder


Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Founder, Program in Psychiatry and the Law,


Harvard Medical School


hbursztajn@hms.harvard.edu



(617) 492-8366



Terry R. Bard, D.D., Rabbi, Secretary-Treasurer and Co-Founder


Clinical Instructor, Academy Member



Dept. of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School


Managing Editor, JPCP Inc. Publishing



(617) 969-2697



 

Michael Ashley Stein, J.D., Ph.D., Director


Visiting Professor of Law



Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability


http://www.hpod.org/




                                              

Andre Churchwell, M.D., Director


Associate Dean for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education and Faculty Affairs





Associate Professor of Medicine, Radiology and Radiological Sciences,


and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine



(615) 936-5784


Omar Sultan Haque, M.D., MTS, Director


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Harvard University





 

 

Conferences:
Publications:
Activities:

1 .      ASAN Symposium on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research




Date: 10. Dec. 2011, 9:00~15:00


Place: Harvard Law School campus, Hauser Hall, Room 105


Organizer: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network


Co-organizers: Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy


                         Biotechnology and Bioethics


                         The Harvard Law Project on Disability


                         The UNESCO Bioethics Chair American Unit


Website: 



2 .     Nazi Physicians' Crimes against Humanity: a psychoanalytical approach.

 

         Date: Wednesday 18, April 2012. 11-noon. 

 

         Venue: Deaconess 205 A of BIDMC of Harvard Medical School

 

         Organizer: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich;  Program in Psychiatry & the Law @ BIDMC/MMHC


                            of the  Department of Psychiatry,  Harvard Medical School

 

         Co-organizer: American Unit of the International Network of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

 

         Contact: Angela Mauss-Hanke, Psychologist and Psychoanalyst, 0049 172 9795166

                         Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, amh@mauss-hanke.de

                 

                         Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D.  Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

                        hbursztajn@hms.harvard.edu    617-492-8366

 

 
 
Maintained by Taiwan Unit: The NTU Center for Ethics, Law and Society in Biomedicine and Technology.