Hard choices: AI in health care
“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should,” said Jeff Goldblum in his role as mathematician Ian Malcolm in the movie Jurassic Park. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (or AI as it’s colloquially known) have some..
How to make the lives of those with dementia joyful
Psychiatrist and bioethicist Tia Powell, MD ’87, has already written her dementia playlist just in case. The list comprises 16 songs she loves, beginning with “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire, and wrapping up with Otis Redding’s version of “Try a Little Tenderness” and the Billie Holiday..
YSM faculty, staff gather for Respect Retreat
Educators and conversation moderators from TIME'S UP Healthcare held a daylong Respect Retreat on improving culture and climate in medicine. Invited to YSM's campus by Darin Latimore, MD, deputy dean for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, the moderators came from leadership positions within the medical community, and helped guide conversations about concrete steps forward.
A friendship forged in Vietnam: George Cadwalader and Kristaps Keggi
When a land mine landed George Cadwalader in a steamy tent of the Third Surgical Mobile Hospital ("MASH") in Vietnam in 1965, little did he suspect that his surgeon, Kristaps Keggi, was another son of Eli. Keggi's actions would save Cadwalader's legs, and the two became friends.
City-Wide Open Studios Explores Wellbeing at Yale West Campus
For the past 21 years, New Haven artists have opened their homes and studios to the public for three weekends in October. This year, acting on a suggestion from Yale-affiliated Artspace board members, Executive Director Helen Kauder selected Building 410, on Yale West Campus, to host the final weekend.
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation holds summit for innovation and diversity
In early October, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) hosted its first ever “Innovation and Diversity Summit. ” Focused on Patient-centric approaches to care and research that evolved alongside political definitions of human rights, the summit showcased a number of high-profile..
Religion, politics, morality, and stem cells
It was standing room only in the auditorium in the Anlyan Center on April 3, 2003, when actor Christopher Reeve came to speak about stem cells. Famous for playing Superman on the screen, he lost the use of all four limbs after a horseback-riding accident in 1995, and had become an activist..
Holocaust studies foster discussion of medical ethics
As medical student Jonathan Levin stood on the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp at Birkenau, Germany, on a wet and cold summer day in 2011, he was unprepared for what he saw and felt. “The camp was absolutely enormous, and it was unbelievable that it could have been built—that it..
A Yale clinician ponders the ethics of a seeding trial masquerading as research
In the June 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers described their discovery of a seeding trial for the epilepsy drug gabapentin, sold under the trade name Neurontin. The trial was conducted 15 years ago by Parke-Davis (bought by Pfizer in 2000).
Can a gene’s DNA be patented?
In the 1990s Myriad Genetics, collaborating with investigators at the University of Utah Research Foundation and other institutions and companies around the world, isolated the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes, which are linked to both breast and ovarian cancer. In 1997 the U.
Is it ethical to help a patient against his will or when he doesn't know or understand his situation?A young man with schizophrenia and a history of non-compliance with treatment was admitted to my outpatient practice in a severely psychotic condition. He was completely lacking insight into his..