Program Description: 

This presentation will cover the origins of Dr. Paul Farmer's distinctive ethical approach in the cultural politics of health in the 1980's Haiti, where Dr. Farmer carried out his first medical anthropology research, as well as the intellectual climate at the time at Harvard Medical School, where Dr. Farmer was trained.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds provides a forum for teaching participants to resolve cases based on the best ethical practices. Bioethics and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds also provides information on any legislative changes that occur so that clinicians are ready to implement them. The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities is the only clinical ethics center in Wisconsin. The faculty are leaders in clinical ethics and set the agenda for clinical ethics practice in Southeastern Wisconsin.


Key words: bioethics, clinical ethics, health care ethics, medical ethics, medical humanities


Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Advanced Care Practitioners
  • Other health care professionals
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Review the basic moral vision that informed Dr. Paul Farmer's approach to global health.
  • Learn the origins of that vision in the cultural and political context of rural Haiti where Dr. Farmer's clinical career began.
  • Apply Dr. Farmer's vision as a critical lens on the practice of social medicine and international public health.


Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Paul Brodwin, PhD
Professor, Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Activity Directors:

Arthur R Derse, MD, JD
Professor and Director, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities



Kris Tym
Accreditation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
Designation of Credit Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Session date: 
11/29/2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CST
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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