HSC Ethics

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About UNM HSC Ethics

The HSC institute was founded in 2002. The institute serves as a resource for ethics in health care and research at the institutional, local, regional, national and international levels.

The Institute oversees three domains of activity: education, service and scholarship.

The Institute of Ethics has experts in:

  • Medicine
  • Social and clinical psychology
  • Philosophy and sociology
  • Public health
  • Theology
  • Scientific design
  • Cross-cultural studies
  • Education
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Education, Service & Scholarship

HSC Ethics develops innovative educational programs, clinical services and knowledge that can deliver meaningful differences to our community. Faculty, staff, students and community colleagues collaborate using University resources to help improve the lives and health of New Mexicans.

We develop respectful, responsive policies and practices to serve the needs of special populations, including physically and mentally ill children, elders, BIPOC patients and underserved groups.

Our work also benefits health care professionals, researchers, and policy-makers who are committed to delivering the highest level of healthcare to diverse communities.

Our Impact

In an age of advanced medical technology and growing understanding of human genetics, it is essential for researchers and clinicians to be attentive to patients’ diverse needs. The Institute coordinates our training and research to promote more sensitive and ethical practices.

Support Ethics Training at UNM HSC

Our mission is to uphold ethics scholarship, education and service at the UNM Health Sciences Center. We serve as a resource for our local, regional, national and international communities. We fulfill the ethical imperative of respect for persons through a distinctive focus on special populations and health care disparity.

Our Aims

  • To foster an awareness of the presence and complexity of ethical issues in modern healthcare.
  • To develop the capacity in our healthcare providers the ability to think through these issues and to practice ethically informed care.
  • To make use of the wisdom that is in our communities to inform our actions.
  • To prepare our learners to provide the best healthcare possible.
  • To engage in scholarship in the moral dimensions to healthcare.
  • To promote best practices in the ethical delivery of healthcare.
  • To provide assistance to providers in healthcare centers throughout our state.

Meet Our Director

Dr. Jonathan Bolton, MD, MA, MPhil, MMM, directs HSC Ethics and Ethics Consultation Service. He also serves as HSC Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and as the director of the HSC Office of Professionalism; he is a professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine.

Meet Our Associate Director

Dr. James Reese, Jr., MD, MPH, MA, FAAN, is a child neurologist and associate professor of neurology in the School of Medicine.

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