More than a thousand UW medical students and other grad students are questioning how the University of Washington’s deepening relationship with PeaceHealth will affect medical training and clinical services over time.
PeaceHealth is a Catholic health care ministry that requires its physicians and other staff to follow the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care (ERDs). The students have asked UW officials to clarify the terms of its agreement with PeaceHealth and to ensure that UW students and staff are never subject to the ERDs.
The students’ letter says “….we are concerned that PeaceHealth’s involvement in WWAMI (the UW’s five-state training area) programs and activities will limit teaching and provision of comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception services, abortion care, pregnancy options counseling and end-of-life care, including Death with Dignity discussions and options.”
You can read more about the issues raised by UW students in this article by Seattle Times reporter Carol Ostrom.