Ethics Grand Rounds

Ethics Grand Rounds - Incarceration and Health Justice 2022/23

Upcoming Event: "Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want"

Ruha Benjamin - Ethics Grand Rounds Speaker

Join us for the first session in our Ethics Grand Rounds 2022/23 series with Ruha Benjamin, PhD, Professor of Department of African American Studies at Princeton University and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab.

Professor Benjamin's session is entitled: Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want and examines the topic of incarceration, policing and health justice and specifically, how incarceration in the US must be understood in terms of health and equity. The session will be moderated by Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD, Chief of the Division of Ethics and Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

This session will take place on November 1st 2022, 4:30 PM ET.  

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2022-2023 Series: Incarceration and Health Justice

The 2022-2023 Ethics Grand Rounds series will explore the relationship between health and incarceration and the impact on community, family and individual health, the specific mechanisms through which the paradigm of criminal justice and the conditions of incarceration exacerbate health disparities and explores policies and interventions necessary to fulfill goals of health justice. 

The series integrates multidisciplinary perspectives and will focus on the educational, historical, and clinical dimensions of incarceration and health justice, including speakers in research, teaching and advocacy roles, and those with lived experience at the intersections of justice and healthcare. We hope the series will catalyze action that directly addresses mass incarceration and its health effects, both from within and outside of academia.


2021-2022 Series: Race and Biomedicine

The Division of Ethics first Ethics Grand Rounds Series was held during the Fall and Spring of 2021-22.

Anti-Racism in Medical Education: Addressing Barriers to Change

Watch the recording here

Speaker: Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH, MACP

Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles

Discussant: Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE

Vice Dean for Education and the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Moderator: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD Chief,

Division of Ethics Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Description: Many medical schools across the US have initiated anti-racism efforts in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. These efforts mirror broader civic discourse on racism in US society, seen by some as overdue but positive, and by others with skepticism, especially those in Black or other minoritized communities. Will these medical school efforts fundamentally change the nature of medical training and medicine itself? The answer lies in the degree to which so-called anti-racism initiatives authentically address deep-seated barriers that have thwarted all such efforts in the past, and that loom larger as the prospect for fundamental change increases. Dr. Clarence Braddock discusses five substantial barriers that threaten anti-racism goals in medical education. Following his talk, Dr. Braddock joins a conversation with Dr. Monica Lypson moderated by Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee.

Innovation for Equity: Fostering a More Democratic & Just Scientific Enterprise

Watch the recording here

Speaker: Alondra Nelson, PhD

Harold F. Linder Professor, Institute for Advanced Study

Deputy Director for Science and Society, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy www.alondranelson.com(link is external and opens in a new window)

Moderator: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD

Chief, Division of Ethics Professor of Medical Humanities and Ethics Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Co-sponsored by: The Columbia University Health Equity Lecture Series and the CUIMC Office of Faculty Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion.


About Ethics Grand Rounds

Building on the divisional mission in education, research, and clinical ethics, the series aims to bring ideas to action in re-imagining and transforming biomedicine research, education, and healthcare towards social justice, and to create an opportunity for catalyzing conversations across the university around issues of social justice and ethics. The first season’s theme is “Race and Biomedicine,” with individual talks focused on the areas of education, clinical medicine, and research.

  • Please let us know your ideas for speakers, topics, and improvements to the series.  We want to hear from you!  Please fill out the post-event survey which will go to all registants or email us any time at ry2134@cumc.columbia.edu.

Grand Rounds Organizing Committee

The Ethics Grand Rounds Planning committee includes representatives from across disciplines and across the University.

  • Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD – Chief Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR – Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine, CUIMC; Internist, Associate Director of Clinical Ethics, NYP
  • Joseph H. Eveld, MS, MFA – Program Manager, Narrative Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Julia Iyasere, MD, MBA – Vice President, Center for Health Justice and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Service Lines, NYP | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, CUIMC
  • Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD – Associate Professor of the Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Alexis Walker, PhD – Assistant Professor of the Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Lesley A. Sharp, PhD – Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College | Senior Research Scientist, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, CUIMC
  • Jane S. Kang, MD – Rheumatology Specialist, NYP | Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, CUIMC
  • George Hardart, MD – Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, CUIMC, Director of the Program in Women and Children’s Bioethics; Director of Pediatric Clinical Ethics, Center for Bioethics
  • Shawna Benston, JD, MBE, MA - Director of Programs, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Rachel Yarmolinsky, MS - Sr, Program Director, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Dounya Alami-Nassif, MA – Administrative Coordinator, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Tiana Sepahpour, MBE - Program Administrator, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • David Lamb, MSc - Communications Associate, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC

Code of Conduct and Related Policies

By registering for Ethics Grand Rounds I agree to abide by the following statements.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Our community of scholars has attempted to nurture an academic culture that embraces the importance of diversity, supports the mentorship of young scholars, cultivates the value of interdisciplinarity, exemplifies intellectual and ethical integrity, and respects differences of opinion and perspective. With that academic culture in mind, the organizers and hosts of Ethics Grand Rounds are committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert organizers, staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress. Speakers are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics. The Ethics Grand Rounds organizers recognize that there are areas of science that are controversial. Ethics Grand Rounds can serve as an effective forum to consider and debate science-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful, and fair manner. These considerations apply to all attendees, speakers, staff, and guests at Ethics Round Rounds and apply in both in-person and virtual contexts.

Columbia University prohibits any form of harassment, be it sexual, physical, or verbal ad in-person or online. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, sustained disruption, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Harassment should be reported immediately to an Ethics Grand Round staff in person (if in the immediate vicinity), by email to mhe_ethics@cumc.columbia.edu, or by calling or texting 917-532-3090. For immediate response to a dangerous situation call Public Safety at 212-305-7979 (Medical Center) or 212-854-5555 (Morningside Campus). Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to removal from the meeting without refund, to notifying the appropriate authorities at Columbia University (including the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action for Discrimination, Harassment & Gender-Based Misconduct complaints (212­-854-­5511) and/or with Public Safety at 212­-854-­5555)

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Ethics Grand Rounds requires clear disclosures (including a statement on slide or poster presentations) from all presenters regarding any financial holdings, funding sources, or affiliations that might raise questions of bias or be perceived to have potentially influenced presentation content. Grand Rounds organizers expect that all speakers, organizers, and moderators are committed to full, forthright, and transparent disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest. The organizers have not prescribed an exhaustive list of potential conflicts; rather, we ask presenters to make a good faith effort to identify any issues that might reasonably be expected to raise conflict-of-interest questions.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Ethics Grand Rounds aims to encourage presentation of the latest findings by protecting researchers sharing unpublished information and protecting patient privacy. By default, attendees are prohibited from taking photos, videos, or audio recordings of speakers presenting their slides or posters as per the guidelines below. Presenters are requested to announce at the beginning of their presentation whether or not photos, recording and/or sharing of their presentation on social media are permitted during or following their presentation. 

Grand Rounds attendees and participants are encouraged to participate in social media activities about the conference by using the hashtag #Columbiaethics.  Discussion of general topics, speakers, and presentations is permitted as a way to briefly summarize or highlight material and the conference in general within the following guidelines:

  • Taking photos, videos or audiotapes of slides, posters, presenters, or questions and answers are not permitted without explicit permission by the presenter
  • Copyright and other intellectual property laws must be followed
  • Brief quotes from sessions may be shared unless the speaker explicitly asks that it not be shared (presenters are strongly encouraged to give or withhold permission at the beginning of their session)
  • Social media posts cannot imply any kind of endorsement by the Columbia Ethics