Past Webinars

Wednesday Oct 17th, 2018—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Updates on Compassionate Use, Right to Try, and Access to Unapproved Medicines: Ethical and Practical Issues
Alison Bateman-House, PhD, MPH, MA

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Dr. Alison Bateman-House gave a webinar to ABN in November 2015 in which she discussed the ethical and practical issues with compassionate use, right to try, and unapproved medicines. Now that Right to Try has become federal policy, in part because of work done by the Goldwater Institute here in AZ, Dr. Bateman-House will give us updates on what the policy means for patients and clinicians.

Wednesday Sep 19th, 2018—4:00pm to 5:00pm
An Ethical Comparison of Health Care in the US and Canada: Why it’s an Impossible Dream for the US to have a System like Canada’s
Kathleen O'Connor, DPS, MBA, LMSW

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Kathleen O'Connor, DPS, MBA, LMSW, has researched, as well as experienced, the medical system in Canada and the United States and in this presentation she will provide the philosophical and ethical tenets/differences between the US and Canadian healthcare systems. She will detail the evolution of the current healthcare systems in the US and Canada and finally, consider the current concerns, possible solutions and future options for in both countries.

Friday Aug 17th, 2018—9:00am to 3:30pm
August Webinar
Ethics in the Pines

In lieu of our monthly webinar, ABN is having a special one-day event in Flagstaff in which we will have experts and patients discuss the ethical challenges in the opioid crisis in Arizona. Please register to join us! 

Wednesday Jul 18th, 2018—5:00pm to 6:00pm
Protecting the Rights of Conscience Objection in Health Care
Thomas Shellenberger. MD

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In this presentation, Thomas Shellenberger, MD, argues in support of the recent HHS regulations regarding conscience objection in health care. As you may recall, at our April webinar, Richard Koo. Esq. argued that the HHS regulations could be challenging in practice. Before attending this July webinar, please feel free to watch the recording of the April webinar and join us for the discussion on this topic.

Wednesday Jun 20th, 2018—5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Ethics that Guide Good Clinical Practice in Cancer Clinical Trials
Gayle Jameson, NP

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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. 

Wednesday May 16th, 2018—5:00pm to 6:00pm
Inmates and Immigrants: Federal Provision of Healthcare
Mary Drago

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Download: File InmatesReferences.docx, PDF icon Inmates and ImmigrantsABN a.pdf

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.

Wednesday Apr 18th, 2018—5:00pm
The HHS Proposed Regulations for the Enforcement of Conscience Protections: A Bioethical Perspective
Richard Koo, Esq.

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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.

Wednesday Feb 21st, 2018—5:00pm
Case Study: In crisis, unconscious bias and opioids
Mary Drago, PhD

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

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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Download: PDF icon BatemanHouseArizona Bioethics webinar.pdf

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.


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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