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Wednesday Aug 19th, 2020—4:00pm
Duty to Treat
Patricia Bayless, MD, FACEP, MIHM
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Patricia Bayless, MD, FACEP, MIHM, discusses the "Duty to Treat" which health professionals promise under the social contract.  The social contract is generally defined as an implicit agreement in which society has granted certain privileges (such as status, financial reward, and self-regulation,) to professionals, and in return for those privileges expects the individuals providing health care in all capacities to be competent, moral, and altruistic and also expects them to treat the medical needs of individual patients. Dr. Bayless discusses the duty to treat as one of the principle tenets of professionalism. She also discusses how duty to treat applies in a pandemic.

Dr. Bayless is Chairman of the Board of Arizona Bioethics Network, is an Emergency Medicine Physician with District Medical Group, Valleywise Health Medical Center, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine.


Friday Sep 18th, 2020 to Saturday Sep 19th, 2020—9:00am to 12:00pm
ABN 9th Annual Conference
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The COVID-19 pandemic has identified ethical and legal challenges that arise when a health care system is stretched to its limits in providing care to those affected by the pandemic. Health professionals, attorneys, social workers, and the general public have faced these challenges. How does a pandemic triage plan get developed and adopted by a state in the midst of a pandemic? What is the algorithm health care professionals can use to assess provision of care? How can social workers and clinicians prepare and support families of patients? Who is vulnerable? Who is served? What is the responsibility for health care for incarcerated persons, Native persons, and homeless persons? What are the ethical challenges in dealing with long-term care for patients who have a slow recovery? What legal challenges arise when dealing with end of life care in a pandemic? Are our health care professionals safe?

We've invited professionals who have been working tirelessly to address these questions. This is a virtual conference, over two mornings, with an optional post-morning session discussion period each day. We've applied for 5 CEUs: CME, CNE, or ACE. Full agenda is available here.  Registration will be available soon!

News and Events


"Brain Death" A Medicolegal Construct: Scientific & Philosophical Evidence

Monday May 20th, 2019 to Tuesday May 21st, 2019
9:00am to 4:45pm

Travel to Rome for this discussion of Brain Death presented by John Paul II Academy.

Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference

Thursday Apr 11th, 2019 to Friday Apr 12th, 2019
8:30am to 5:30pm

Controlling Death: The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die"This two-day conference will explore ethical, legal, and clinical aspects of evolving practices of euthanasia and physician-assisted death. How ought we to think about the choices of determining the time and manner of death for our loved ones, our patients, and ourselves? How should the health and legal professions respond to these rapidly evolving practices and choices? "

ASBH 2018 Annual Conference

Thursday Oct 18th, 2018 to Sunday Oct 21st, 2018
8:00am to 12:00pm

The 20th annual American Society for Bioethics and Humanities will be held October 18-21, 2018 in Anahiem, CA.  For the full conference theme, full session descriptions and travel/hotel information, please visit the ASBH website at the link above.

The Ethics of Medical Intervention for Transgender Youth

Saturday Sep 29th, 2018
6:30pm to 9:30pm

El Rio Community Center in Tucson is  hosting a symposium on the ethics of medical intervention for Transgender Youth facilitated by nationally recognized expert speakers.  El Rio has rapidly expanded services to transgendered youth in our community through the leadership of Drs. Cronyn and Kurtzman and others, the Center wanted to host a forum for clinical staff and support staff both at El Rio and throughout Tucson that gives time to explore and discuss concerns regarding hormonal treatment, fertility and other issues in a pediatric population.Please RSVP by the Eventbrite hyperlinkCME/CEU credit will be available. For more information, see the attached flyer 

Ethics in the Pines:  Examining the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona

Friday Aug 17th, 2018
9:00am to 4:00pm

Ethics in the Pines:  Examining the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona Save the Date! Join us on August 17 at the Peaks in Flagstaff for a timely examination of the ethical challenges of opioid use and abuse facing clinicians and patients in the state of Arizona. We'll learn from a group of experts from public health, pharmacy, behavioral health, pain management, primary and palliative care, and patients at the summer workshop, especially as the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act is enacted in 2019. Join us for the "Happy Hour" networking during the evening of the 16th as you enjoy the cool weather of Flagstaff and stay after the event on the 17th to mingle with speakers, panelists and attendees. The cost to attend is $25.00 and includes lunch. Credit cards will be accepted on site. RSVP Today!

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