The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics will publish an article on pediatric decision-making written by 2010 Law Center graduate Kimberly Gordy. “I was thrilled and honored to receive an offer for publication,” she said during a break from studying for the bar exam. “I'm especially excited to be working with an interdisciplinary journal, as the editors are from Yale’s law school, medical school, and school of public health.”
Gordy wrote the article -- "Adding Life to the Adolescent’s Years, Not Simply Years to the Adolescent’s Life: The Integration of the Individualized Care Planning & Coordination Model and a Statutory Fall-Back Provision" – during the spring semester for Dr. William Winslade's bioethics class. Gordy explained that her article (which is scheduled for publication in January) discusses adolescents and their decision-making rights within the healthcare system. She said that in addition to applying tested principles of adolescent development, her analysis acknowledges the clinical needs and ethical considerations that are unique to pediatric medicine. It establishes a decision-making framework that can be implemented at any pediatric care center that strives to provide patient-centered care, she said.
Gordy was previously published in Volume 20 of the Fordham Environmental Law Review. She will be entering UTMB's Medical Humanities Ph.D. program in the fall and hopes to work as counsel for a pediatric hospital in the future.