One of the distinctive features of the CBMH is that we operate on a campus that is entirely dedicated to healthcare sciences and clinical care. Unlike most bioethics centers, we are not on a campus with a history department, philosophy department, English department, business school, or any of the other typical divisions of a university campus. Rather than an obstacle, however, this is a tremendously productive feature of our work. We are the rare institution that has humanities scholars on the faculty of a medical school.
As a result, the CBMH is unusually and creatively immersed in the mission of the Medical Center, which is to promote healthcare education, healthcare research, and direct clinical care of patients. We are fortunate to be in a place where we can combine empirical research and interpretive methods toward a common goal of contributing to the three primary mission elements of UMMC - education, research, and clinical care (yes, the humanities can directly lead to improved clinical care).