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Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics & 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 grant will build upon a previous grant which examined the practices that contributed to physicians being leading "healers" in their communities. This grant "Competence in Healing Relationships and Compassionate Care: Toward a New Model for Medical Education" will allow for a comprehensive literature review and white paper to be written around healing and compassionate care. The second phase of the project will be to build a consensus around the new model of medical education, and to probe its implications for Vanderbilt's educational efforts as well as in the wider medical education community.