Eric S Swirsky

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    College: Applied Health Sciences Department: Biomed and Health Info Sciences
    Secondary Department: Honors College
    Title: Clinical Assisitant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    Office: 259AHSB Phone: 312-996-8237
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    1) Clinical Medical Ethics -- End-of-life decision-making and the use of advance directives for healthcare. Currently working on projects involving POLST/DNR legislation.

    2) Digital Health Humanities -- Studies in ethical conundrums attendant to the use of digital and information technologies in healthcare; in particular, the impacts upon clinical relationships, the delivery of health services, economics, and end of life decision-making, ethical use of data, and the sociotechnical milieu in which they converge.

    3) Competency-based Education in Health Professions -- Health education research involving the review if education theory, creation of competencies for professionalism in health informatics, and development of competency-based assessment in the professions.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 5-10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Honors College student preferred, but all highly motivated students will be considered. Willingness to learn new things to address interdisciplinary research challenges. All projects are open to students at any level--freshman to senior.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    I'm an attorney and clinical ethicist. There is no lab science being conducted, and the work would primarily involve locating, reading, summarizing and discussing articles from the philosophical and scientific literature. Willingness to go to library and attend meetings on campus with Professor Swirsky to support work. Assist with searches for grant opportunities and external collaborators. Students are expected to connect regularly to discuss progress.

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