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21st Annual Medical Ethics Update

21st Annual Medical Ethics Update

Women’s Health: Ethical Issues in Clinical Care and Research

Friday, April 13, 2012, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

University of Pittsburgh, Center for Bioethics & Health Law

Biomedical Science Tower – 200 Lothrop Street (Corner of Terrace and Lothrop Streets)

Keynote Speaker: Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, Professor of Family and Community Medicine; Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California, San Francisco

“What are Health Disparities and Health Equity? And Why Do the Definitions Matter?”

 

For program details and registration go to:  https://ccehs.upmc.com

Click on April 13, 2012 – Annual Medical Ethics Update/Messer Lecture

Or contact Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences at 412-647-8232.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:28am

Pitt Law Students Receive High Awards at Second Annual National Health Law Transactional Competition

3L students Willis Bish, Robert Holland, and Hillary Stemple recently formed what was the first Pitt Law team to ever compete in the National Health Law Transactional Competition and walked away with top honors. 

 Hosted by the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, this second annual national competition, held in Chicago from March 22-23, sought to expose law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. Styled after moot court competitions, students applied corporate lawyering skills by providing legal advice on a potential business opportunity to a hypothetical health care client.

Pitt Law’s team placed third in both the oral presentation and the written memo, the highest ranking of any team from a school that had never competed before. 

For more detailed information on the competition, click here.  

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 5:50pm

3L Health Law Student Bryan Murray Publishes in AMA Journal of Ethics

Bryan Murray, current 3L in the Health Law Certificate Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, recently published an article in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics entitled, “Informed Consent: What Must a Physician Disclose to a Patient?”  

 

Read the full article here.  

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Monday, October 8, 2012 - 3:13pm

Pitt Law Students Participate in 2013 Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition

Three third-year students in the Health Law Certificate Program—Bryan Murray, Schevon Salmon, and Brett Anthony—participated in the 2013 Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law on February 16. Although it did not place in the top three, the Pitt Law team performed well and was commended for its knowledge and understanding of legal issues, as well as for its professionalism and practical skills.

This year’s problem challenged the students to address issues that included off-label marketing, advertising, and promotion; compliance with the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations and guidance; FDA application and regulatory approval requirements for drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements; enforcement and negotiation of Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and kickbacks and other potentially improper arrangements between life science companies and hospitals, private practices, and academic medical centers.

The competition judges included the president of Bayer HealthCare LLC; director of the FDA’s Division of Compliance Policy; senior counsel of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, HHS; and a member of Arnold & Porter’s Healthcare Practice Group.

The team was coached by Adjunct Professor C. Allen Black and Jessica Ellel,’02, senior attorney at Houston Harbaugh PC.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:42pm

3L Students Bryan Murray, Schevon Salmon, and Brett Anthony Successfully Present at 2013 National Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition

 

Three third-year students in the Health Law Certificate Program – Bryan Murray, Schevon Salmon, and Brett Anthony—participated in the 2013 National Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law on February 16.  Although not placing in the top three, the Pitt Law team performed outstandingly and was commended for its knowledge and understanding of legal issues, as well as for its professionalism and practical skills.

This year’s problem challenged the students to address issues that included off-label marketing, advertising and promotion; compliance with the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations and guidance; FDA application and regulatory approval requirements for drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements; enforcement and negotiation of Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services; and kickbacks and other potentially improper arrangements between life science companies and hospitals, private practices, and academic medical centers.

The competition judges included the president of Bayer HealthCare LLC; the Director of the FDA’s Division of Compliance Policy; senior counsel of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services; and a member of Arnold & Porter’s Healthcare Practice Group.

The team was coached by Adjunct Professor C. Allen Black and Jessica Ellel, Esquire of Houston Harbaugh, LLC.

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Friday, March 8, 2013 - 11:36am

U.S. News & World Report Highlights Pitt Law’s Health Law Strengths

A recent U.S. News & World Report article highlights the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s health law certificate program and the unique strengths that place Pitt Law ahead of the curve in preparing J.D. candidates for the healthcare legal market. The Affordable Care Act’s recent implementation has created new regulatory and compliance paradigms, and companies and law firms are scrambling for well-prepared J.D. graduates to navigate the new legal territory.

“One of the nicknames for the Affordable Care Act is the ‘Lawyers Full Employment Act’,” says Pitt Law Professor of Bioethics Alan Meisel in the U.S. News & World Report article. “There's just so many possibilities for legal issues to arise.”

Few law schools offer concentrations in health law, but Pitt Law is one that offers a health law certificate, which is directed by Professor Meisel and was ranked 13th in the nation by the 2014 U.S. News & World Report. “Some schools offer one or two health law courses, while others offer more than half a dozen,” the U.S. News & World Report article states. “Students should go for the latter option, experts say.”

Pitt Law offers 18 courses, seminars and practicums covering varied aspects of health law that can be applied toward the health law certificate.

On top of the array of courses available to Pitt Law students, U.S. News & World Report also highlighted Pitt Law’s strengths in offering interdisciplinary and experiential learning. “One of the components of a successful certificate program is that there be some kind of experiential learning, which might involve either a clinic or a practicum or an externship,” says Meisel in the article. One of Pitt Law’s health law courses includes a newly debuted two-semester practicum that immerses students in public health insurance scenarios via APPRISE, the school’s free health insurance counseling service offered to older Pennsylvanians.

Pitt Law also offers J.D. candidates the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a Master of Public Health degree (a Pitt program ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report). In addition, the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law, prestigious School of Medicine, and the Graduate School of Public Health offer paramount resources for law students regarding bioethics and healthcare scholarship. The high-caliber interdisciplinary and practicum options available to Pitt Law students means the school can produce J.D. graduates who have a unique breadth and prescient acumen in the rapidly growing health law field straight out of law school.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article here. Learn more about Pitt Law’s Health Law Certificate Program here.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 2:00pm

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