ALBANY, N.Y., March 7, 2006 —The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) of Albany Medical College has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from the John Conley Foundation for Ethics and Philosophy in Medicine to support the development of an on-line teaching program in the art of communication in clinical ethics.
According to Institute Director Glenn McGee, Ph.D., the grant is a logical extension of the AMBI role in producing and disseminating materials on bioethics for a general audience, and on educating clinicians about ethics. “The award from the Conley Foundation will take our work on bioethics for a general and clinical audience to the next level. This is the ideal next step for us as a new institute in the fastest growing field in medicine. AMBI already publishes the leading journal of bioethics, and hosts its premier website (http://bioethics.net). The award from the Conley Foundation will take our work on bioethics for a general and clinical audience to the next level.”
AMBI’s effort will become part of a larger project called “doc.com” in collaboration with the American Academy on Physician and Patient (AAPP) and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. This innovative project will provide comprehensive, web-based teaching in physician-patient communication to medical students, residents and physicians around the world and count towards practitioners continuing medical education requirements. Specifically, AMBI will use these funds to create 4 modules related to medical ethics.
AMBI faculty member Wayne Shelton, Ph.D., the principle investigator on the project, describes it as “an opportunity to put Albany Med’s clinical, teaching and on-line resources to use in an effort to transform the way we teach physicians to communicate.”
The Alden March Bioethics Institute is a multi-institutional bioethics research organization based at Albany Medical College in New York. Twenty-six faculty members originate first-rate scholarship with the support of more than $3 million in federal and foundation grants. The Institute produces The American Journal of Bioethics and bioethics.net. Its faculty directs a doctoral program, a unique on-line masters program in bioethics, and dual-degree programs in law, medicine, pastoral care, public health and social work.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.