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This site seeks to link the teaching of ethics across the curriculum with the Institute for Ethics in Healthcare housed at the Medical Campus. This site emphasizes ethics in health care. This project will benefit anyone involved in ethics education. Ethical decision-making applies in all aspects of society.  We seek to bring together parties with a shared interest in teaching ethics and ethical decision-making.

The missions of the Institute for Ethics in Health Care are to:  

1. Create awareness in the community of ethical issues in health care.
2. Impart to faculty and students the skills and background needed to apply critical thinking and ethics in their disciplines.      
3. Promote a forum through which skills and decision-making related to ethical issues in health care can be addressed.
4. To promote collaboration among disciplines.

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The Medical Campus is one of seven campuses of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest multi-campus community college in the United States. MDC is recognized as one of the best community colleges in the nation. The Medical Campus offers 13 Associate in Science degree programs  and 10 short-term certificate programs in Nursing and the Allied Health professions. Approximately 2700 students of Miami Dade College are enrolled in a healthcare program at the Medical Campus, accounting for approximately 5% of MDC's enrollment.

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Project Director 

          Carol Petrozella , RN, EdD 
            School of Nursing
            Miami Dade College 
            Medical Campus

Ex Officio Members

Colleen Ahern-Hettich
Director, Earth Ethics Institute
Miami Dade College

Susan H. Kass, EdD

Program Director, Dental Hygiene
Medical Campus
Miami-Dade Community College

Charles Fink, PhD
Department of Arts and Philosophy-Kendall Campus
Miami Dade College

Dr. Amy Lund
Department of Arts and Philosophy
Co-Director, Miami Center for Ethical Awareness
MDC-Kendall Campus

Mark Neunder, PhD
Department of Arts and Philosophy
InterAmerican Campus
Miami Dade College


Advisory Committee

Rev. Shirley Brown M. Div., P.C.
Congregational Health Alliance Ministry Program (CHAMP), Pastoral Care Services

Kate Callahan, RN, PhD
Huntington Consultant Group

Jean W. Davis, RN, CS, EdD
Adjunct Professor Nova Southeastern University
Memorial Health Care System

Ann-Lynn Denker, ARNP, PhD
Magnet Project Director/Nursing Research Coordinator
Jackson Health System

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD
Director, University of Miami Bioethics Program
Co-Executive Director Florida Bioethics Network

Robert W. Jakoby, M. Div BCC
Corporate Director
Pastoral Care Services
Baptist Health South Florida

Maggie Procunier, RN, BC, BSN
Bioethics and Patient Rights Coordinator/Bioethics and Palliative Care Department

Yvonne Parchment ARNP CS, Ed D.

Florida International University
School of Nursing


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This project, Institute for Ethics in Healthcare, is sponsored in part by the   Fund for the Improvement of Post  Secondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. The Institute for Ethics in Healthcare is also partially supported through a grant from the Hugoton Foundation.

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Dr. Carol Petrozella
School of Nursing
Phone: 305-237-4455
Fax: 305-237-4119

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