Charles Bosk, PhD

Charles L. Bosk, PhD

Professor, Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, School of Arts and Sciences

Charles L. Bosk, PhD, research focuses on the culture of medicine. In particular, how health care professionals make sense of experiences in which time-pressured decisions are required in situations filled with un-resolvable uncertainty. When those decisions lead to adverse outcomes, he is interested in which decisions are considered blameless and blameworthy. Charles has three ongoing funded research projects: (1) RWJ Health Investigator Award looking at how ideas about safety move from national policy-setting bodies formulating ideas about ‘safety’ that then move into administrative offices of hospitals where they are converted into policies that are then embraced or evaded on the floors where care is provided; (2) an ethnographic exploration of mandated duty hour limits on graduate medical education, especially as it impacts patient care and definitions of professionalism; and (3) an intervention to mitigate chronic fatigue in medical residents through a mandatory nap program. Charles continues to work on the sociology of bioethics, research ethics and the regulation of research ;and the rise and fall of heath care problems in the public arena. What would you do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography is my most recent book (University of Chicago Press 2008). He is currently working on a manuscript Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Medical Error.

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