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September 24, 2013
September 24, 2013
The University of Chicago Medicine's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics has been awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities for "outstanding contributions from an institution that has helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and/or medical humanities."
The MacLean Center, founded and directed by Mark Siegler, MD, the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery, is the first university program to receive this award for contributions to the field of bioethics.
"Under the leadership of its pioneering founder, Dr. Siegler, the MacLean Center has made an enduring imprint on our field, notably shaping how we conceive of and perform clinical ethics consultation," said Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, president of American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH). "This legacy, and the enduring contributions of MacLean's many trainees and fellows, places all of us in the debt of this great center of bioethics scholarship and practice."
Only three other institutions have won the Cornerstone Award: the Hastings Center, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and the Institute for Medical Humanities at Galveston, Texas.
Founded in 1983, the MacLean Center is one of the oldest bioethics programs and is the first to offer a program in "clinical ethics." Building on the model of Sir William Osler and Alvan Feinstein, MD, a distinguished University of Chicago alumnus, the center changed theoretical medical ethics to practical clinical ethics by bringing ethics to the bedside.
Clinical medical ethics is a field that examines the routine, everyday ethical issues that arise in encounters among patients, doctors, nurses, allied health workers and health care institutions. The goal of clinical ethics is to improve patient care and outcomes. It does this by focusing on doctor-patient communication and respect for patient preferences.
The MacLean Center is currently the largest clinical medical ethics program in the world, having trained more than 300 physicians and other health professionals -- many of whom hold professorships, endowed chairs and directorships of ethics programs in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
"We're very honored to be recognized by the ASBH for the pioneering work we've done since the early 1970s to create the field of clinical ethics as a complement to traditional bioethics," said Siegler. "Clinical ethics transformed the field of bioethics from an analytic policy movement to a vibrant clinical approach that doctors, nurses and hospitals now apply daily to improve the care of patients."
The ASBH, the leading bioethics organization in the world, recognized the MacLean Center at the University of Chicago for:
The award will be presented at the ASBH's 2013 annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga., on October 25, 2013.