|Institution||College of Medicine|
|Address||500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033|
Physician, Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities
B.A., Philosophy, Antioch College, 1983
M.A. Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1992
Ph.D., Philosophy of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1993
M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, 1995
Pediatric Residency, Memorial Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia, 1999
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (2000).
Board Certified Pediatrician, American Academy of Pediatrics (1999, 2006).
Pediatric Advance Life Support (2011 recertification).
NIH Human participant Protections Education for Research Teams (2005)
Penn State Protection of Human Research Participants Investigator Training (2011 recertification).
Two days per week of clinical ambulatory pediatrics. In addition to my own panel of continuity patients, I oversee acute clinic for one half-day session–supervising the clinical work of 2-3 pediatrics residents as well as 1-2 medical students. The age range of my patients is newborn to 22 years, and I conduct ~1600 acute care visits and ~400 well-child visits per year. Additionally, I participate fully in the general pediatrics call schedule. In the past, I have also served as ward attending. (~800 hours/year)
MAKING YOUR WISHES KNOWN: PLANNING YOUR MEDICAL FUTURE:
This project involves developing and evaluating an interactive online decision aid that guides users through the process of advance care planning. This computer program, Making Your Wishes Known: Planning Your Medical Future (MYWK), uses multi-media formats to provide tailored education, engage individuals in values clarification and other reflective exercises, and generate a personalized advance directive. One of the most distinctive aspects of MYWK is that it uses an algorithm (based in multi-attribute utility theory) to translate individual values and preferences into a detailed advance directive comprising both general wishes and specific wishes. To date, we have published papers describing the program, explaining how it addresses various concerns about advance care planning, and providing data on its feasibility and efficacy.
LOOK OUT FOR CHILD ABUSE
Look Out for Child Abuse is an online resource for mandated reporters and others interested in protecting children from abuse. This website provides education on professional, legal, and clinical issues related to child abuse, along with practical tools for documenting and reporting suspected abuse. A collaborative effort of Penn State’s Department of Humanities, Children’s Hospital, and Center on Children and the Law, Look Out for Child Abuse is still very much a work in progress. The long-term goal is develop a broad-based repository of educational materials and web-based tools for various populations of mandated reporters and other professionals, as well as the general public.
PENN STATE SUSPICION PROJECT
This project examines the meaning and application of reasonable suspicion in the context of mandated reporting of suspected child abuse. This entails 1) conceptual analysis and clarification of reasonable suspicion, 2) empirical survey research to better understand how mandated reporters interpret and operationalize the threshold for reporting suspected child abuse (i.e., reasonable suspicion), and 3) policy analysis to discern how to standardize this threshold in a way that effectively protects children, is fair to parents, and makes sense to mandated reporters.
1. Ethics and Professionalism, course for 2nd-year medical students (Co-Director)
2. Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, month-long seminar for 4th-year medical students
3. Clinical Pediatrics, lectures & informal teaching to residents and med students
4. Pediatric Ethics, quarterly seminar for pediatrics residents
5. Pediatric Ethics, monthly seminar for 3rd-year med students on pediatrics clerkship
6. MICU/SICU Ethics Conference, monthly seminar for Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit residents, fellows and attending physicians (Facilitator)
7. Pediatric Critical Care Ethics, twice yearly seminar for critical care nurses (Lecturer)
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