Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The UCSD and Donald Shapiro 2009-2010 Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series is supported by a generous gift from The Institute of Health Law at the California Western School of Law (CWSL), which co-sponsors with UCSD a Master's Degree in Health Law. It meets once monthly for faculty, staff, and students to discuss selected ethics topics.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at UCSD in the Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), Room 175. To subscribe/unsubscribe to the ethics-l mailing list, please go to

2010 Topic Discussion
January 20 Access to Prescription Drugs: A Normative Economic Approach Calls for an End to 
Pharmacist Conscience Clauses
Joanna Sax, JD, PhD, Cal Western School of Law
February 17 The Capabilities Approach and Robotic Caregivers Jason Borenstein, PhD, Director, Graduate Research Ethics Programs, 
School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
March 17 Clinical Bioethics in the Twenty First Century: 
An Integral Perspective
Donald B. Stouder, M.Div., PCS
April 21 Ethical Challenges of Practicing Cross-Cultural Medicine Bill Ardill, Dept. of Surgery
May 19 U.S. Health Care Reform: A Moving Target Susan Channick, JD California Western School of Law
June 16 The Under-Treatment of Chronic Pain: An Unethical Gap Lynette Cederquist, Internal Medicine, Chair, Hillcrest Medical Center Hospital Ethics Committee
July 21 Evidence-Based Futility? Examples from the hemodialysis literature Dena E Rifkin, MS, MD
Assistant Adjunt Professor 
Division of Nephrology 
VA Medical Center 
August 18 --No Meeting-- --
September 15 Ethical Challenges in Patient and 
Physician Incentive Systems
Neil Farber, MD, FACP, Clinical Medical Director, IMG La Jolla
October 20 Is Global Public Health Medical Colonialism? Timothy Rodwell, MD, PhD, MPH
Global Public Health,
November 17 How much did drug companies pay your doctor this year? Mike Kalichman, Ph.D.
December 15 Beyond gut feelings: Describing and Evaluating Clinical Ethics as a Theory-Based Practice Dr. Norbert W Paul, Director, Institute for the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, University of Mainz Medical School, Germany


The UC San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. 

The UC San Diego School of Medicine designates this educational activity for one credit per hour of Category 1credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity. 


  1. To increase awareness of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice, and teaching. 
  2. To increase discussion and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice and teaching.