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  • Personal Genome Project Canada

    Big data is revolutionising the way the economy, science and society operates. In healthcare, the use of genomic data has been a bone of contention due to its issues surrounding privacy and ethics. Yet, it is fast becoming one of the most intriguing and fascinating realms of modern medicine, and […]

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  • Interview, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

    Michael Szego, Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics reflects on his journey from completing his PhD with Prof. Roderick McInnes to earning a Master of Health Science in Bioethics and launching his career that brings together clinical consultations, policy development, education, and research. Michael highlights eureka moments in his career […]

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  • Beyond Dreamcatchers: Native Spirituality Conference

    Native dreamcatchers are popular with many people. (Those are the hoops with a web through the centre, decorated with feathers and beads.) They’re seen as a protective charm. But there’s more to them than that – and a lot more to native spirituality than most of us know. Interview on […]

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  • Ethicist Details Principles that Guide Massive Genome Project

    Michael Szego, Centre for Clinical Ethics at the University of Toronto and the Personal Genome Project ethicist, says the program is very clear they can not promise any kind of confidentiality or privacy in this project. Watch video: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/ethicist-details-principles-that-guide-massive-genome-project/article6472045/

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  • What is Medical Ethics Consultation?

    Giles Scofield, JD, MA, is a clinical ethicist at the Centre for Clinical Ethics in Toronto. In the selection below, Scofield argues that the scope and limits of ethics consultation is not well defined. Because ethics consultation has no clear boundaries, it is impossible to know when boundaries have been […]

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  • My Journey from Bench Scientist to Clinical Ethicist

    Four and a half years ago I was introduced to the field of clinical ethics while nearing the end of my Doctorate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. After attending a talk given by Kerry Bowman, a clinical ethicist at one of the University teaching hospitals, I approached […]

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  • Conversations about Challenging End-of-Life Cases: Ethics Debriefing in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit

    Clinicians frequently encounter and grapple with complex ethical issues and perplexing moral dilemmas in critical care settings. Intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians often experience moral distress in situations in which the ethically right course of action is intuitively known, but cannot be acted on. Most challenging cases pertain to end-of-life […]

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  • Making Ethical Choices: An Ethical Decision-Making Handbook for Health Care Practitioners & Administrators Second Edition

    About the book: Health care practice and administration is fraught with complex moral issues and dilemmas. Shifting paradigms in the health care system, such as limited resources, increased emphasis on patients’ rights, and moral diversity, have profound and far-reaching ramifications that impact us all – health care recipients and their […]

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  • What Makes Research Unethical?

    Giles Scofield prepares a presentation that addresses “What Makes Research Unethical?” View the PowerPoint slides: http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/surgery/divisions/postgrad/documents/…pdf

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  • The Ethical Challenges of Medicine Today

    “The Ethical Challenges of Medicine Today: Drawing on the Wisdom of Vatican II” Christine Jamieson participates in part five in a six-part series: A Church for the 21st Century: The Spirit of Vatican II in Our Time. Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/70220588

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