Educational Opportunities

Educating healthcare professionals, healthcare students, students from nonhealthcare disciplines interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of healthcare, and members of the community at large is a core part of the Center for Healthcare Ethics' mission. Such education serves not only to raise awareness of crucial ethical issues and considerations associated with healthcare practices, healthcare delivery systems, and broader societal dynamics that can shape the values linked to how health, illness and patient care are understood, but more importantly, it helps promote and enable morally appropriate and sensitive patient care.

The center offers a variety of courses, conference, lectures and other sessions geared for creating an educated community and citizenry. Below is a list of educational programs open to participants as indicated.

Ethics Noon Conference

This monthly conference is open to all who work within, are affiliated with or receive care at Cedars-Sinai. The primary aim for these conferences is to raise awareness and understanding of emerging issues and concerns surrounding healthcare ethics. For more information on our monthly noon conference, please visit Healthcare Ethics Noon Conference page.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Harvey Morse Auditorium
South Tower, Plaza Level

"Housing America’s Older Adults:
The Home and Neighborhood as Platforms for Wellbeing"

Jennifer H. Molinsky, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Joint Center for Housing Studies
Department of Urban Planning and Design
Harvard University

Current Educational Programs

  • Ethics Noon Lecture—CME: 1 credit
  • Ethics Forum
    This bimonthly session is open to all Cedars-Sinai staff and is held on the last Wednesday of the odd months from noon-1 p.m. The forum serves as an occasion for critical exploration of the breadth of ethical issues and dynamics associated with the daily practices of patient care. If you would like more information, please contact the center.
  • Ethics Seminar
    This monthly session is open to all Cedars-Sinai staff and is an occasion for in-depth exploration of critical questions associated with healthcare ethics in an intimate, seminar-style classroom setting. Its focus is to foster critical reflection on the nature and meaning of core values and commitments entailed in healthcare practices.
  • Neonatology Ethics Session
    This regular monthly meeting is conducted by the Division of Neonatology. It is designed to address issues and considerations specific to patient care within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This meeting is limited to the members of the NICU faculty and staff.
  • SICU Residents Clinical Ethics Conference
    This bimonthly meeting is part of an educational series for house staff and fellows during their Surgical Intensive Care Unit rotation. The meeting is limited to the members mentioned above.
  • American Jewish University (AJU) Case Studies in Ethics
    Exclusively for upper-level AJU students, this is a required undergraduate course in completing a major in the Department of Bioethics and Natural Science.
  • ICU Ethics Roundtables
    This biweekly, multidiciplinary forum addresses ethical and moral issues and concerns, critical skill sets, communication strategies, and challenging situations that emerge in the ICU. The content of each session reflects real-time experiences and issues that arise in caring for patients, families and our colleagues. The roundtable provides a space to raise questions, debrief from stressful events and learn from and with colleagues.

Overview of Ethics Noon Conference

Since 1997, the Center for Healthcare Ethics has proudly presented the Ethics Noon Conference, a monthly event open to all who work within, are affiliated with or receive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The primary aim of these conferences is to raise the level of awareness and degree of understanding of fundamental as well as emerging issues and concerns in healthcare ethics. Covering a broad range of ethical considerations associated with healthcare practices, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare system, these Conferences always include time for audience participation and interaction.

Matching the range of ethical considerations and diversity of ethical perspectives that may fall under the rubric of healthcare ethics, speakers for Ethics Noon Conference come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and practice setting - over the years, they have been not only physicians and nurses, philosophers and other academics from across the United States, but also authors, filmmakers, and poets whose insights also help expand our understanding of ethics as pertinent to healthcare.

Ethics Noon Conferences are held in Harvey Morse Auditorium, typically on the third Wednesday of the month (please see below for schedule). A light lunch is available on the day of the conference starting at 11:30 a.m. The session begins promptly at noon and ends at 1 p.m.

  • January 16, 2019: Anthony Back, MD, University of Washington—"What Communication Means to Being a Good Physician"
  • February 20, 2019: D. Micah Hester, PhD, University of Arkansas—"(Non-)Sense and Sensibilities: What Might We Mean by the Patient’s ‘Best Interest'?"
  • March 20, 2019: Jennifer H. Molinsky, PhD, Harvard University—Topic: Housing for the elderly as relevant to health issues
  • April 17, 2019: David C. Blake, PhD, JD, Healthcare Ethics & Compliance Consultant—Topic: Uncertainty in clinical medicine and judgments
  • May 15, 2019: Kimberly A. Griffin, PhD, University of Maryland—Topic: Mentoring
  • June 19, 2019: Nancy J. Tomes, PhD, Stoney Brook University—"Nuisance or Necessity? Historical Perspectives on the 'Informed Patient'"
  • January 17, 2018: Paul J. Ford, PhD, The Cleveland Clinic — "Brain Illnesses and Complicated Ethical Choices"
  • February 21, 2018: Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — "Ethical Issues in Sexual Health Research with Adolescents"
  • March 21, 2018: Emily Rapp Black, Author & Lucy Kalanithi, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine — "A Dialogue About Loss: When Breath Becomes Air"
  • April 25, 2018: Rabbi Avraham Steinberg MD, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School — "Combining Medicine and Jewish Law: A Personal Experience"
  • May 16, 2018: Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences — "Medical Miracles: Hematologist in the Vatican Archives"
  • June 20, 2018: CANCELLED
  • No Ethics Noon Conference in the months of July & August
  • September 12, 2018: Deepak Sarma, PhD, Case Western Reserve University — "The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics"
  • October 3, 2018: Christine Porath, PhD, Georgetown University — "Mastering Civility"
  • October 17, 2018: Gretchen A. Case, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine —Topic: The art of health and healing
  • November 15, 2018: Mildred Cho, PhD, Stanford University—"What’s in a Name? Why Metaphors Matter for Genomics"
  • December 19, 2018: Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, Loyola University—"Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients"

Ethics Resources & Library Holdings

Each year, the Center for Healthcare Ethics donates newly published and critically acclaimed books to the Medical Library. Their focus is on healthcare/professional ethics. A complete listing of these books may be found by going to the Medical Library's Catalogue page and using "ethics" as a keyword and selecting "Searching Everything."

In conjunction with a generous gift from Mrs. Lena Straus and additional support from the Medical Library, The Center for Healthcare Ethics is also proud to sponsor, The Bernard M. Straus, M.D., Healthcare Ethics Journal Collection. This on-line collection of premier healthcare ethics and humanities journals allows anyone with access to the Medical Library website to access current and past issues of the following 12 journals.

  • American Journal of Bioethics
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • Hasting Center Report
  • HEC Report
  • Journal of Clinical Ethics
  • Journal Of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
  • Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics