Past Webinars

Past Webinars

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 17:00

The Ethics that Guide Good Clinical Practice in Cancer Clinical Trials
Gayle Jameson, NP

Join us as Gayle Jameson, NP an investigative researcher from the Honor Health Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center guides us through the recruitment and placement in a clinical trial. She will also talk about compassionate use and the "right to try" legislation, and how it might affect clinical trials, both for the researcher and the patient.

Gayle Jameson is a Nurse Practitioner who has cared for adults living with cancer for nearly 40 years.  She is certified as an Advanced Oncology Nurse (AOCN) and is especially interested in the care of patients with pancreatic cancer, early cancer drug development and symptom management. 

In her role as Associate Investigator at the Oncology Clinical Trials Department, HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, she has been Principal Investigator (PI) on multiple phase I and investigator initiated studies and Sub-investigator on 50+ phase I anti-tumor clinical trials. She has an Adjunct Faculty appointment at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and incorporates translational science in clinical trial designs by working with bench science colleagues at TGEN and as a member of the SU2C Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team. Gayle also was the site Principal Investigator on an international study that led to the approval of Onivyde™ plus 5FU and leucovorin for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. She has presented her work nationally and internationally.  Gayle also specializes in symptom management, working with patients in managing fatigue, cachexia and other problems related to cancer and cancer treatments. Prior to coming to Arizona in 2006, Gayle had various nursing roles at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 17:00

Inmates and Immigrants: Federal Provision of Healthcare
Mary Drago

The federal government is responsible for providing health care to three citizen populations: veterans through the Veteran’s Administration (VA) system; American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) through the Indian Health Services (IHS); and federal inmates through the Department of Justice/Bureau of Prisons (BOP) system. In recent years, the federal government has optioned to provide funding rather than directly providing care.  Some AI/AN tribes through contracting or compacting arrangements with the IHS gained control of their health services. Veterans optioned for private care facilities when wait times at the VA were extraordinary. The BOP has over 180,000 inmates in its charge of whom approximately 20% of BOP inmates are non-citizens. Most federal inmates are housed in BOP facilities, although 12% are now housed in privately contracted facilities, and an additional 7% in “other types of facilities.” The previous administration outlined plans to discontinue contracts with private prison companies, but the current administration reversed that decision. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security did not join BOP in earlier attempts to end contracts with private prisons. As many as 70% of the immigrants awaiting deportation are housed in private prisons.  This presentation examines health care access and outcomes for federal prisoners, comparing health care in contract prisons, federally operated prisons, and the general US population. This presentation invites discussion on the role and responsibility of the federal government to provide health care to prisoners regardless of citizenship status.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 17:00

The HHS Proposed Regulations for the Enforcement of Conscience Protections: A Bioethical Perspective
Richard Koo, Esq.

US Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a new rule entitled: "Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority." HHS states that the new rule will: "ensure that persons or entities are not subjected to certain practices or policies that violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate, in violation of such Federal laws. Through this rulemaking, the Department proposes to grant overall responsibility to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for ensuring that the Department, its components, HHS programs and activities, and those who participate in HHS programs or activities comply with Federal laws protecting the rights of conscience and prohibiting associated discriminatory policies and practices in such programs and activities."

Richard Koo, Esq. will look at the bioethical issues that may be a consequence of such a rule. 

Richard Koo is a business/transactional lawyer who also serves as an adjunct professor at The Bioethics Program, a graduate level program offered jointly by Clarkson University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and on two institutional ethics committees.  He is an alumnus of Columbia College, Columbia Law School and the Bioethics Program.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 17:00

Case Study: In crisis, unconscious bias and opioids
Mary Drago, PhD

Our first webinar presents a case study asking us to look at how the opioid crisis and unconscious bias may increase healthcare disparities. 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:00

Case Study: Ethical Decision-making in Disasters
Dr. Kathleen E. Powderly, Director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics

Case Study: Ethical Decision-making in Disasters
Dr. Kathleen E. Powderly, Director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, SUNY Downstate Medical Center will lead us in a discussion of a case study.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:00

"'Dachschaden' or 'Not my cup of tea'; Determining Decisional Capacity"
Larry Parsons, MD , Director, Inpatient Palliative Care, Yavapai Regional Medical Center

Dr. Parsons leads the discussion on tools for determining decisional capacity.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 12:00

Ethics Dilemmas in the Accountable Care Model
Craig Westling, DrPH, MPH, MS

Craig Westling, the Managing Director, Professional Education and Outreach of The Dartmouth Institute, reports on his research of the ethical dilemmas realized with the Accountable Care Model, and mitigation strategies to avoid the accompanying moral distress.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:00

Toward an Interprofessional Code of Ethics: Rationale, Design and Implementation
Mary Drago, MA

In light of the need for a code of ethics that will establish a baseline for ethical conduct amongst professionals from many disciplines, and from those same professionals to the patient, a group of health care professionals and students were invited to draft a preliminary code of ethics. This presentation reports on their work and invites discussion and evaluation of the code.

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October 2012: The Patient-Practitioner Relationship and Conscientious Refusal
Bruce D. White, MD

November 2012: Decision-making for Patients with Declining Capacity
Jalayne J. Arias, JD, MA

January 2013: Ethical Issues to Consider in Terminal Psychiatric Cases
JA Moore, DHCE and GG Enck, PhD

March 2013: Exploring the Nature and Meaning of Medical Futility: A Case Involving a Neurologically Devastated 2 Year Old
Rebecca L Volpe, PhD

May 2013: Who Owns My Organs: Ethical Considerations in Organ and Tissue Donation
Sara Pace Jones and Patricia Pace Anderson