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.
We recently hosted two successful inaugural bioethics conferences for our regional healthcare providers:
The first annual University of Kentucky Bioethics Conference was held on Friday, September 30, 2016!
The first annual Kentucky Healthcare Ethics Consortium (KYHEC) Conference was held on Thursday, September 29, 2016!
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.
Welcome to KYHEC! We are
excited to announce a new opportunity for ethics networking, education and
training - the Kentucky Healthcare Ethics Consortium. KYHEC officially launched in July 2016 and
membership in the consortium is open to all hospitals in Kentucky and the
If you are interested in learning more about KYHEC, please contact
Dr. Rebecca Yarrison by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 859-323-6407.
Membership and events »
KYHEC website »
We provide a variety of bioethics education programs and courses 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 the educational programs available to faculty and staff, 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.
For any clinical or non-clinical department, we can offer a screening and panel discussion on bioethics films. For a complete list of films available for screening, please contact the Program Director. An e-mail discussion of the issues raised in these films can also be coordinated for small groups who view the films after hours at home.
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.
Research Ethics Consultation Service is free and available to all University of Kentucky investigators, researchers, students and laboratory staff.
Phone: (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.