Welcome to the UK Program for Bioethics website. This program brings people of the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise together with multidisciplinary colleagues with skills and interests in the field of bioethics.
The UK Program for Bioethics is responsible for bioethics education and consultation to the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise and the wider University of Kentucky campus. Our program is also involved in education and outreach for the wider clinical community throughout Kentucky, and we are available as a public education resource on bioethics nationwide. View information on the
UK HealthCare Ethics Committee.
Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds typically occur at noon on the second Tuesday of each month February through April and September through November and are open to anyone on campus.
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Research Ethics Lecture Series typically occur at noon on the third Thursday of each month February through April and September through November and are open to anyone on campus.
Schwartz Center Rounds® at the University of Kentucky are sponsored by the UK Program for Bioethics in coordination with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Read more about Schwartz Center Rounds and about the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare »
Schwartz Center Rounds are offered at all three UK HealthCare hospitals and are only open to UK HealthCare employees and volunteers. Click below to view the current schedule at each hospital.
We have a clinical ethics consult service that deals with ethical issues and dilemmas in the patient care setting, which may involve patients, family members, the doctor-patient relationship or clinical colleagues. Examples of clinical ethics issues include:
• Confidentiality in the clinical setting• Diminished capacity to consent • Informed consent• Surrogacy issues• Advanced directives• Withdrawal or refusal of treatment • End-of-life decision-making
These issues can be complicated by a variety of socio-economic, cultural or language barriers.
We provide bioethics education to the UK clinical enterprise in the form of grand rounds, graduate medical education (GME) or other continuing medical education (CME) activities. For a list of educational presentations delivered to date, contact the program director. We are also the educational resource for the clinical enterprise surrounding ethics and professionalism, moral distress and moral residue in the clinical setting, and organizational ethics in the clinical setting. Independent study in bioethics can also be arranged for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the university, depending on their program requirements.
A wide variety of films serve as bioethics teaching aids. The Bioethics Film Series offers a screening and discussion of one film each month. See our lineup of films below. We can also offer bioethics education for any clinical or non-clinical department using any film in our catalog.
The Clinical Ethics Consultation Service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a rotating service, and a clinical ethics consultant is always on call.
Pager: 859-330-0365Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benchside Ethics Consultation Service is free and available to all University of Kentucky investigators, researchers, students and laboratory staff.
Email: email@example.comPhone: (859) 257-9474
The UK Program for Bioethics sponsors a number of events that offer continuing-education credit.
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For commentary or interviews on issues requiring a bioethics perspective, contact:
UK HealthCare public relations office at 859-323-6363.