Hospital Ethics Committees

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and faculty contribute to institutional ethics processes at a range of South Florida health care organizations. This includes support for institutional ethics committees, especially regarding education, policy creation and review and consultation services. These services are directly and immediately available at the following institutions:

UHealth, including the University of Miami Hospital; the UM Hospital and Clinics and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; and the Ann Bates Leach Eye Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Jackson Health System, including the Adult and Pediatric Ethics Committees at Jackson Memorial Hospital; Jackson North; Jackson South; and Jackson nursing homes

To request more information or for other non-urgent matters, please email ethics@miami.edu.

Consultations

To request a time-sensitive ethics consultation, please use the following telephone numbers:

All UM and Jackson hospitals, call 305-243-2222 and request that “Ethics Consult” be paged.

For Holtz Children’s (Jackson’s) Pediatric Bioethics Committee, call 305-323-1016; backup: 305-610-2066.

Resources

University of Miami Hospital advance directives and related forms

U.S. General Accounting Office report, “Advance Directives: Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence” (April 2015)

Ethics for Lunch Series 

Velasco R. Bad Words - Presentation of a Hasting’s Center Report Case Study March-April 2014, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, July 26, 2017. Bad Words Presentation

Velasco R. Refusing the Ethics Consultation - A Case Study. University of Miami, Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, April 26. Refusing the Ethics Consultation Presentation

Velasco R. Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say - Patient’s Conflicting Preference for Care. University of Miami, Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, March 22. Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say - Patient’s Conflicting Preference for Care Presentation

Velasco R. What I Really Wanted Before May Not Be What I Want Now. - Presentation of a Hasting’s Center Report Case Study May-June 2014, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, August 23, 2017. What I Really Wanted Before May Not Be What I Want Now Presentation and Hasting's Center Report Case Study