Past Webinars

Thursday Mar 17th, 2016—12:00pm
Case Study: Ethical Decision-making in Disasters
Dr. Kathleen E. Powderly, Director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics

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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.

Thursday Feb 18th, 2016—12:00pm
"'Dachschaden' or 'Not my cup of tea'; Determining Decisional Capacity"
Larry Parsons, MD , Director, Inpatient Palliative Care, Yavapai Regional Medical Center

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

Thursday Jan 21st, 2016—12:00pm
Ethics Dilemmas in the Accountable Care Model
Craig Westling, DrPH, MPH, MS

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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.

Thursday Dec 17th, 2015—12:00pm
Toward an Interprofessional Code of Ethics: Rationale, Design and Implementation
Mary Drago, MA

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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.

Thursday Nov 19th, 2015—12:00pm
“Compassionate Use, Right to Try, and Access to Unapproved Medicines: Ethical and Practical Issues”
Alison Bateman-House, PhD, MPH, MA, Division of Medical Ethics, New York University Langone Medical Center

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Starting with the AIDS epidemic, patient advocates successfully challenged the norms of clinical research and gained access to investigational drugs based upon "compassionate use". In this presentation, Dr. Bateman-House will discuss the evolution from the AIDS epidemic to current "Right to Try Laws" enacted by several states and what that means ethically and practically.

Thursday Oct 15th, 2015—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ethics in Transitions: Minimizing Transfers of Nursing Home Residents to Hospital EDs
Paula Chidwick, PhD

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Dr. Chidwick provides ethics services to health care organizations throughout Ontario. She publishes and lectures widely on a variety of topics including ethics in transitions, ethics quality improvement, ethics and error, end-of-life, and advance care planning. She has served on the Canadian Bioethics Society Executive, Health Canada’s Scientific and Expert Advisory Panels, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Critical Care Coaching Teams and Critical Care Services Ontario. She is also currently a member of the Education and Training Committee of Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network and a founding member of the Clinical Ethics Summer Institute (CESI) and the Healthcare Consent Quality Collaborative (HCQC).

Thursday Sep 17th, 2015—12:00pm
Native American Concepts on Health and Disability
Lavonna Lovern, PhD

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Dr. Lovern and Carol Locust co-authored "Native American Communities on Health and Disability: Borderland Dialogues." Lavonna L. Lovern received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA in Philosophy. Currently, she is Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University in the department of Philosophy & Religious Studies. Dr. Lovern is a founding member and Professor in the VSU Native American Studies Program. Recent publications include Health and Disability Care in Native American and Alaska Native Communities, Native American Concepts Involving Human Difference and Trampling the sacred: multicultural education as pedagogical racism. Dr. Lovern serves on Florida America Indian Health Advisory Council.

Thursday Jul 16th, 2015—12:00pm
From Accused to Advocate
Barbara Mancini, RN

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Barbara Mancini has been a nurse for over three decades. In this webinar she describes her experience in 2013 when she was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. 

Thursday Jun 18th, 2015—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Valuing Personhood in Dementia: Considerations for Humane and Dignified Care
Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN

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Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, FAAN, serves as director of the dementia program at Hospice of the Valley and speaks on "Valuing Personhood in Dementia: Considerations for Humane and Dignified Care" in our June 18 webinar.

Thursday May 21st, 2015—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Competent persons deciding to stop eating and drinking: Should we intervene?
Sarah Bird, VP Clinical Operations, Hospice of the Valley

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Thursday Mar 19th, 2015—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ethics in Palliative Care: Dispelling the Myths
Steven Oppenheim MD FAAHPM Palliative Care Medical Director at Banner Thunderbird Hospital

Steven Oppenheim, MD, the Palliative Care Medical Director at Banner Thunderbird Hospital, clears up some misconceptions about palliative care in this webinar.

Thursday Feb 19th, 2015—12:00pm
Too Young to Say No: Forcing Minors to Undergo Treatment They Don’t Want
James Bowen

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In our February webinar, James Bowen will discuss the discuss legal and ethical considerations in requiring minor patients to undergo medical treatment against their wishes.

Thursday Jan 15th, 2015—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bioethics 101
Jason Robert, PhD (Please note that all slides are reviewed at end There was a technical issue in the recording)

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Jason Robert, PhD, presents some of the foundations of bioethics.

Thursday Dec 18th, 2014—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Connecting with Difficult Patients
Christy A Rentmeester, PhD

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Christy A Rentmeester, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Ethics at the Creighton University School of Medicine speaks on Connecting with the Difficult Patient


Thursday Nov 20th, 2014—12:00pm to 1:00pm
Is it Ever Ethical to Override the Patient’s Treatment Preferences? Two Cases
Pete Hedrick, M.S, DO, DAAHPM, DAAPM

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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