34th Annual Conference of the Professions: Meet the Keynote Speaker and Panelists

The Conference of the Professions brings together members of law, medicine, and theology in the Dallas area to discuss common challenges—ethical and otherwise—facing these professions. Each year an ethical issue of common interest is identified. A noted expert in the field presents a keynote address, and a distinguished panel of local professionals discusses a related…

Rolling Up My Sleeves: My experience receiving my COVID-19 vaccine

THIS BLOG POST IS PART OF A SERIES DEDICATED TO HIGHLIGHTING MAGUIRE CENTER STUDENT STAFF MEMBER RYLEE BAILEY’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.  Everything in this world seems to come full circle. During the 16th century, a young couple from Stratford-upon-Avon, England, lost two of their children to the bubonic plague. After their loss,…

This is a Pandemic. Not a Game.

This blog post is a part of a series dedicated to highlighting the personal experiences of Maguire Center student staff member Rylee Bailey’s personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The literature we read often reflects the world in which we live. In the age of COVID-19, more and more people are reading novels like The…

Day 19 of Social Distancing: A New Normal

College students thrive on a schedule. Knowing what a day beholds allows for them to feel a sense of structure, stability and security according to Cathy Guttentag, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and clinical child psychologist with UT Physicians. However, the closure of colleges and universities to help…

Day 17 of Social Distancing: Life as a college student during a global pandemic and the social responsibility that goes along with it

The Importance of Social Distancing Making the active decision to stay home and distance myself from friends, neighbors, family, professors, and anyone in between requires discipline, mental toughness, and courage; not traits I particularly associated with myself. However, this choice saves lives and flattens the curve. The red curve represents a scenario where a huge…

Public Service Fellow in São Paulo, Brazil

SMU senior Carol Sale is volunteering at Associação Saúde Criança in São Paulo, Brazil this summer, but she is not just another volunteer. In addition to her work at this innovative health organization, Sale is also performing an SMU staff-facilitated anthropological study of the moral distress of doctors, psychologists, social workers and lawyers who work…

U.S. apologizes to Guatemala for syphilis study

As reported in Friday’s N.Y.Times, the Secretaries of State and HHS have apologized for the experiments, conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service between 1946 and 1948, in which nearly 700 Guatemalans were infected without their knowledge or consent to test the efficacy of penicillin. Shades of Tuskegee . . .

Health care providers and “conscience clauses”

On the first day of the Obama presidency, a regulation promulgated in the waning days of the Bush administration became effective. The regulation (which you can read here) implemented three federal laws that (to one degree or another) protect individual health care providers and health care entities that decline to perform sterilizations or abortions from…

Should states be permitted to pay their citizens for donating organs?

Federal law currently says no, or appears to say no, and it provides for criminal penalties for a violation of the law. So well-meaning states like Pennsylvania that want to pay burial expenses for organ donors have a hard time convincing state employees and funeral homes to pay or receive the benefit. Sen. Arlen Specter…

Wyeth said to have paid ghostwriters for favorable journal articles

According to an article posted to the the N.Y. Times‘ website today, drug maker Wyeth has turned over to the Senate Finance Committee a mountain of material on its practice of paying ghostwriters to prepare favorable articles for publication in medical journals. Physicians were then recruited to put their names on the articles. In some…