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HealthCare & Immigration: A Summary to Accompany BioethxChat Twitter Event (4/21/14)

April 21st, 2014

I recently did a TwitterChat sponsored by BioethxChat on the relationship of healthcare and immigration through a bioethical lens. Here is the transcript of that chat. This was a great event and I hope self-explanatory. But Twitter’s 140 character limitation means things are expressed in such a condensed way that they might not always be […]


The Faith of DREAMers

February 20th, 2014

Remarks of Mark Kuczewski, PhD, on accepting the Moral Courage Award from Faith in Public Life. The award is presented to Loyola University Chicago in recognition of the Stritch School of Medicine becoming the first medical school in the nation to have an admissions policy that recognizes Dreamers of DACA status as eligible to apply […]


“Man of Steel”: A Lousy Movie But a Pretty Good Bioethical Morality Play

January 15th, 2014

I finally rented “Man of Steel,” the most recent Superman movie. While academics too easily dress up our pop culture tastes as being culturally important, I try to keep an eye on Superman because I believe that the Superman legend is important in U.S. history. After all, he was our national hero coming out of […]


Loyola Bioethics Institute Study Finds Medical Students Concerned About Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

January 10th, 2014

Loyola’s Neiswanger Institute Study Finds Medical Students Concerned about Becoming Insensitive When Dealing with a Dying Patient  Click here to watch the video interview with Mark Kuczewski, PhD conducted by Randi Belisomo The imminent death of a patient is riddled with emotions for a patient and family as well as the medical team. A study based […]


An interview with Michael McCarthy, “Exploring the intersection of faith and medicine.”

December 10th, 2013

Michael McCarthy is a PhD candidate at Loyola University Chicago, and has his Master’s in Theological Studies degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.  Currently he is the Assistant Director for Clinical and Theological Ethics at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics at the Stritch School of Medicine.  Prior to joining the Bioethics Institute this past […]


An interview with Dr. Katherine Wasson discussing her publication with colleagues, “A Pilot Study Examining Moral Distress in Nurses Working in One United States Burn Centers.”

November 26th, 2013

With a Master’s degree in Public Health, a doctorate in philosophy and bioethics, Dr. Katherine Wasson is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago. In 2008, she joined the faculty of the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics at the Stritch School of Medicine where she is also the Director of the Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program.  […]


Responding to the Dream – Loyola Stritch School of Medicine & Dreamer Applicants

August 28th, 2013

(Comments delivered on a portion of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.)    “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to […]


Labor Day Reflection: Being Hospitable toward Labor

August 27th, 2013

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of Summer in the United States. Most of us observe the holiday without much reflection on labor and its meaning in our lives and our society. Many trends have contributed to this lack of identification with the concept of labor including the conversion from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based or service-oriented […]


Palliative care’s role grows in solving end-of-life conflicts

July 26th, 2013

I was recently quoted in an American Medical News article about the growth of palliative care services and their relationship to ethics consultation service. In this article, Kevin O’Reilly does a nice job of highlighting the relationship between palliative care services and ethics consultation services.  I state in the article that the relationship is “almost […]


Cultural Competence on the fly

July 15th, 2013

This post is from Kristine Keough Forte taking the our Cultural Competence in Health Care class.  She discusses an opportunity to promote cultural competence. July 2nd – “I had the opportunity to nudge my fellow team members from thinking of a patient with multiple admits for DKA (last time he was rte-admitted within four hours) […]