Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
Study of medical ethics, policy, clinical, and personal issues in working with dying and bereaved people. Focuses on diverse populations in ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, education, sexual orientation, and more. Various models for providing care to the dying and bereaved. Visits from Hospice practitioners and doctors, field trips to funeral home and to Duke Hospice where the professor is a social worker. Works to be read/viewed may include “Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl,” “Wild,” Tolstoy’s “Death of Ivan Ilich,” policy articles on end of life care, and on physician assisted suicide. Focus Program students only. Instructor consent required. Service opportunities included.