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The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) was formed in 2010 through a merger of a pre-existing bioethics Program and a decision sciences Center at the University of Michigan Medical School. Since then, we have developed a shared vision that has unified faculty and staff who had previously functioned in separate silos (ethics service, ethics scholarship, and decision sciences) and implemented a variety of programs that benefit our members and the patients, trainees, researchers, and faculty of Michigan Medicine. CBSSM is led by interim Co-Directors Dr. Brian Zikmund-Fisher and Prof. Kayte Spector-Bagdady.

2024 CBSSM Research Colloquium and Bishop Lecture in Bioethics (Patrick Smith, PhD)
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) 2024 Research Colloquium will occur on Thursday, May 23, 2024 (1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The event will be held at Palmer Commons, Forum Hall (100 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 2017, Ann Arbor, MI). Registration is required; live streaming will be available.
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2024 CBSSM Bishop Lecture featuring Patrick Smith, PhD
2024 Bishop Lecture in Bioethics "Reflections from an Imperfect Art: Jazz, Health Justice, and the Moral Practice of Medicine"
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