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Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
The Center for Biomedical Ethics' mission is to provide leadership in education, research, and clinical service at VUMC concerning the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of medicine, health care, and health policy. The Center is committed to multi-disciplinary exploration of the individual and social values, cultural dynamics, and legal and professional standards that characterize and influence clinical practice and biomedical research. This Education Grant is to assist with the funding of formal interviews of 40 physicians in the Southeast region recognized as healers. The sample population will include 30 traditional practitioners (from many different specialties) and 10 alternative and complementary practitioners. Practitioners will be selected by reputation and from patient satisfaction surveys. Findings from this study will be the main source for the curricular changes at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine that focus on physician and patient relationships and communications skills.