Autumn M. Fiester, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Contact information
14th Floor, Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-2602
Fax: 215-573-3036
B.A. (Political and Social Theory)
Bucknell University, 1988.
A.M. (Sociology)
Harvard University, 1993.
M.A. (Philosophy)
Bucknell University, 1995.
Ph.D. (Philosophy)
University of Pennsylvania, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

Clinical Ethics
Conflict Resolution
Bioethics Education

Description of Other Expertise

Academic Management Consulting: conflict resolution, organizational development, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, consensus building & mediation

Selected Publications

Fiester, A.: The Obligation to Create Cost-Free Basic HEC Training. Special Issue on Ethics Consultations. American Journal of Bioethics 21(6), April 2022 Notes: NOTES: Invited Panelist: “Issues in Clinical Ethics Consults," American Journal of Bioethics Webinar, April 4, 2022.

Fiester, A.: Developing Skills in the HEC Communication Competency: Diagnostic Listening & the ADEPT Technique. Journal of Clinical Ethics 33(1): 42-49, 2022.

Fiester, A.: Values Imposition & Ethical Pluralism: An Argument Against a Standardized Ethical Directive for HEC. Journal of Clinical Ethics 33(3), 2022 Notes: In Press.

Fiester, A.: The "Ladder of Inference" as a Conflict Management Tool: Working with the "Difficult" Patient or Family in Healthcare Ethics Consultations. HEC Forum 2022.

Fiester, A., guest editor: Providing Care When Patients Are "Difficult” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2022 Notes: Invited special theme issue. Forthcoming.

Yuan, C. and Fiester, A.: Ethical Issues in Using Behavior Contracts to Manage the “Difficult” Patient and Family. American Journal of Bioethics 2021.

Fiester, A.: Myopia in Reportability of Ethical Concerns in Healthcare Ethics Consultation. American Journal of Bioethics 20(6), 2020.

Stites, S., Dudley, C., Rodriguez, S, & Fiester, A.: Medical Students’ Exposure to Ethics Conflicts in Clinical Training: Implications for Timing UME Bioethics Education. HEC Forum 32(2): 85-97, 2020.

Fiester, A.: Taxonomizing the Clinical Ethics Critics. The American Journal of Bioethics 19(11): 62-63, 2019.

Weiss E, Fiester A: Response to Open Peer Commentaries on 'From 'Longshot' to 'Fantasy': Obligations to Patients and Families When Last-Ditch Medical Efforts Fail. American Journal of Bioethics 18(4): W8-W9, April 2018.

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Last updated: 08/03/2022
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