Petrie-Flom Center Academic Fellowship – Call for Applications

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2015 Academic Fellowship Program.  The application deadline is November 16, 2012.

The Fellowship is a postdoctoral program designed to identify, cultivate and promote promising scholars early in their careers. Fellows are selected from among recent graduates, young academics and mid-career practitioners who are committed to spending two years in residence at the Center pursuing publishable independent research that is likely to make a significant contribution to the field of health law policy, medical innovation policy or bioethics. Our prior fellows have found employment as law professors at Harvard, UC Berkeley, BU, UCLA, Cornell, the University of Arizona, and the University of Illinois.

Please see the full call for further details regarding eligibility, stipend and benefits, and application requirements.

Jurimetrics Call for Papers – Special Issue: Intersection of Law, Science, and Policy to Protect the Public’s Health

Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology (ASU/ABA) is seeking submissions for a special symposium issue edited by James Hodge on the Intersection of Law, Science, and Policy to Protect the Public’s Health, to be published in Spring 2013.  Potential manuscripts may include:

  1. Examinations of how and why law, policy, and science either advance (or fail to advance) the public’s health;
  2. Assessments of the role of science in furthering legal and policy objectives to protect communal health;
  3. Strategies to advance public health initiatives through law or policy despite a lack of strong, scientific support or evidence;
  4. Strategies to make better use of existing legal or policy tools to achieve public health objectives.

Unlike some symposia, this issue is not focused solely on a specific public health topic.  Rather, manuscripts may explore one or more core public health law topics like obesity prevention, chronic and infectious disease control, emergency preparedness, public health system reform, or tobacco prevention, among others, at the national or global level.

Original articles may range in length from 3,500 – 5,000 words (not including footnotes).  Contributors may include scholars or practitioners in law, public health, science, or policy.  Co-authored, cross-disciplinary manuscripts are also encouraged.

Contact James Hodge (james dot hodge dot 1 at asu dot edu) for more information, but initial brief abstracts are due to him by Friday, Sept. 28 (manuscripts will be due Nov. 15).  He’s also seeking peer reviewers.

Alan Wertheimer at HLS tonight

Short notice, but…

Alan Wertheimer will be presenting his draft paper “Why Is Consent a Requirement for Ethical Research?” tonight at the Health Law Policy and Bioethics Workshop at Harvard Law School.

These workshops take place on selected Mondays from 5-7pm, Hauser Hall, Room 105. This year’s schedule can be found here.  Open to the public – check it out if you’re in town.

The Supply of American Doctors

Following up on his post on Australia, Al Roth notes that American medicine is a market with tightly restricted entry, at all levels. Proposed legislation offers a glimpse: Bill Would Create More Medical-Residency Slots, Potentially Easing Physician Shortage

Legislation introduced in Congress on Monday would expand the number of Medicare-sponsored training slots for new doctors by 15,000, a step that two medical-education groups said would go a long way toward easing a projected shortage of physicians. The bill, the Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability and Transparency Act (HR 6352), is sponsored by Rep. Aaron Schock, an Illinois Republican, and Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Pennsylvania Democrat. Medical schools have been expanding their enrollments and new schools have been opening up as concerns have grown about a shortage that could reach more than 90,000 physicians by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Those worries have intensified with passage of the Affordable Care Act, which will greatly increase the number of people seeking medical care by providing insurance coverage to 32 million more people. But while more students are making their way through the medical-school pipeline, they’re likely to run into bottlenecks because of a cap on the number of Medicare-supported residency training slots that Congress imposed in 1997.

[cross-posted on Market Design]

Yale’s Friday Newsletter

So…it’s a bit late today, but each Friday we’ll be posting some highlights from the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics newsletter (AKA “Frimail”), a really fantastic resource for those of us interested in what’s been going on in the bioethics world each week (both in the popular media and in the journals). They also have job and conference announcements, etc. Enjoy!

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Market Design Flaw in Australia

Al Roth has come across a troubling phenomenon in Australia, where medical internships are in short supply.

Medical students languish in a critical condition

The Australian Medical Students’ Association estimates almost 500 students will miss out on an internship next year because of insufficient places. Under the internship system students must work for a year under supervision in a hospital before they can work as doctors. … Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton points to the curious situation where the nation has a shortage of doctors, yet there are too few internships.  … The placement system has fallen apart, he says, because the federal government regulates the number of students universities can enrol while its state counterparts oversee the provision of internships. 

[cross-posted on Market Design]


Conference Announcement: Connected Health Symposium 2012

We got an email today announcing the Connected Health Symposium in Boston this October 25-26.  Check out the agenda here.  Elliott Fisher, Professor at The Dartmouth Institute and one of the architects of the concept of “accountable care organizations,” will be discussing why the principles underlying accountable care should help to address the problems confronting US health care.


Call for Abstracts: ACA Book

We’ll occasionally be posting event announcements here, as well as calls for papers, etc. that are likely to be of interest to our readership.  Speaking of which, one such announcement came in today (from Fritz Allhoff in the Philosophy Department at Western Michigan University):

A few months ago, we put out a call for a special issue of Public Affair Quarterly focusing on the Affordable Care Act decision.  The response was overwhelming, and we received far more submissions than we could accommodate in a single journal issue.  We’re now expanding the project to include–in addition to the special issue of the journal–an edited volume.  If anyone is interested in participating, please submit a 500-750 word abstract to Fritz Allhoff ( directly. The coverage will still be the same as the earlier call, available here:


Making Sense of Tobacco Regulation: The First and Fifth Amendment Challenges

[posted on behalf of Richard Epstein]

The entire question of the FDA’s tobacco regulation is likely to spur extended commentary, given the split of opinions between the D.C. Circuit, which knocked out the packaging labels by a divided vote in RJ Reynolds v. FDA, and the earlier decision in the Sixth Circuit, that sustained the regulation.  The packaging regulations have to be resolved once and for all on a national level, so the case will go up even, I think, if the D.C. Circuit decides to follow the Sixth Circuit in an en bank opinion.  So what then should be done?

The issue is one that I have approached before.  In the interests of full disclosure, I am a fierce opponent of smoking, who worked in from the mid-1980s into the early 1990s as a consultant for the tobacco lawyers on tort liability issues.  After that time, I worked on a number of other issues, in some instances taking positions adverse to the industry.  This particular post is done solely and wholly on my own.

In thinking about this case, much of the doctrinal dispute revolved around the much mooted  Central Hudson test used in too many First Amendment Cases.

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