Past Webinars

Wednesday Nov 17th, 2021—4:00pm
Documenting a Bioethics Consultation in the Medical Record
Patricia Mayer, MD, MS, HEC-C

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You've held a bioethics consult, now what? A previous webinar by Kathleen O'Connor  DPS, MBA, LMSW discussed how to prepare a patient case for an ethics committee consultation. In this webinar, Patricia Mayer, MD, MS, HEC-C will lead us through a best practice manner of entering the documentation following the consultation into the medical record. Ensuring all the required information is entered helps the team deliver the appropriate patient-centered care and Dr. Mayer elaborates on those details and the procedure. 

Dr. Mayer is Director of Clinical Ethics at Banner Gateway/MD Anderson, has been a member of the COVID-19 Pandemic Committees since March 2020, and teaches clinical ethics and medical humanities in her positions at Cleveland Clinic, the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix, Case Western University, and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

Wednesday Oct 20th, 2021—4:00pm
Providing Gender-Affirming Healthcare
Leonardo Candelario Pérez, PhD

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Leonardo Candelario Pérez, PhD is a sexual health psychologist and co-chair of Adolescent Gender Services at Health Partners, a consultant for the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health, and the LGBTQI+ consultant for Centro Tyrone Guzman. Dr. Leo will be sharing with us the importance and methods of providing gender-affirming healthcare.


Friday Sep 17th, 2021 to Saturday Sep 18th, 2021—9:00am to 12:00pm
ABN 10th Annual Conference
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Ethical Challenges in Mental Health
September 17 & 18, 2021
9 am - noon each day, with optional breakout session immediately following the morning session

The COVID-19 pandemic has identified ethical challenges that arise when a health care system is stretched to its limits in providing care. Health professionals, social workers, and the public have faced these challenges. Healthcare professionals saw an increase in suicides or burnout,  and they have expressed concern at the lack of support for mental/behavioral health needs for their members. The dynamics of healthcare changed during the pandemic through its extensive reliance on telemedicine. Some challenges are persistent, such as questions of suitable research subjects, the use of genomic data, and difficulties placing children in treatment facilities. 

We've invited speakers to share their knowledge of the ethical challenges that can arise in the treatment, access to resources, stigmatization, and research of mental illness. *5 Continuing Education Units Available (ACE, CME, NCPD, IPCE)* The cost to attend the conference is $45 if you require CEUs or $25 if you do not.

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Friday, September 17, 2021
9:00–9:05  Welcome and Introduction
Patricia Bayless, MD, Chairman of Board, Arizona Bioethics Network
9:05–9:45 Mental Health Stigma & Health Professionals
Tala Dajani, MD, MPH
9:45–10:30 Reset and Rejuvenate!
Shelley J. Tom, MS, LPC, RYT 200, CDWF
10:30–11:15 Ethical Concerns in the Treatment of Incapacitated Patients
Joanna Kowalik, MD, MPH, FAPA
11:15–12:00 Ethics in Research: Subjects with Mental Illness
Gwen A. Levitt, DO, DFAPA
12:00-12:05 Break
12:05-12:45 Optional Individualized Break-out Rooms for Further Discussion
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00–9:05 Welcome and Introduction
Patricia Bayless, MD, Chairman of Board, Arizona Bioethics Network
9:05-9:45 Divided Medicalization and the Neurodevelopmental Turn: Using Genomic Data to Predict a Changing Future
Elizabeth Fein, PhD
9:45–10:30 The Pipes are Clogged: Finding Flow in Children’s Higher Levels of Behavioral Health Care
10:30-11:15 Ethics in Providing Telepsychiatric Services During the Pandemic
Lisa Cobourn, MD, & Wendy Watson, MD, MPH
11:15-12:00 The Ethics and Laws Regarding Patients who Report Homicidal Thoughts
Zhi Y. Wu, MD
12:00 –12:05 Break
12:05–12:45 Optional Individualized Break-out Rooms for Further Discussion
Disclosure Statement:  There have been no actual or potential conflicts of interests found or disclosures needed in relation to this activity. 



Wednesday Aug 18th, 2021—4:00pm
Buprenorphine: Data-waived Providers’ Geographic Distribution in Arizona
Benjamin Brady, DrPH

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Buprenorphine is used to treat opioid use disorder. In order to prescribe it, however, professionals are required to take training and apply for a waiver. That requirement was set to be removed in January 2021, but President Biden withdrew that option. Dr. Brady will share the data regarding the geographic distribution of the providers' waivers and discuss best practice policies for the future in opioid use disorder.

Update: Even though the Biden administration removed some of the restrictions on medical professionals' ability to give buprenorphine, there is much to learn still from the geographic distribution of the waivers.

Wednesday Jun 16th, 2021—4:00pm
Dementia Advance Directives - Stop Eating and Drinking Directives
Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C

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In this webinar, Dr. Pope will detail some of the options available for advanced directives for persons with dementia, and the legal structure to voluntarily stop eating and drinking.

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C, is a professor at Health Law Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and holds adjunct positions at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology and the Alden March Bioethics Institute. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, St. George's University (Grenada, West Indies) and Affiliate Faculty, University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics. As a law professor and bioethicist, he examines using the law both to improve medical decision making and to protect patient rights at the end of life.

Wednesday May 19th, 2021—4:00pm
Contraceptive Justice: Why We Need a Male Pill
Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD

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Dr. Campo-Engelstein, PhD is the Director of the Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities as well as the Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine. She is also Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health at University of Texas Medical Branch. In this webinar she discusses the ethics of contraceptive justice and the need for a male contraceptive pill.

Wednesday Apr 21st, 2021—4:00pm
Secondary Medical Research and Consent-Requirements
Kyle Van Oosterum, MA Phil

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There is considerable debate in legal and bioethical circles about consent-requirements for secondary medical research. Secondary research is often distinguished from primary research. For example, where primary medical researchers collect blood samples from a participant, secondary medical researchers conduct research on collected blood samples in biobanks. However, if consent is required to conduct secondary research on each of the samples, a variety of complications arises. For one, it imposes significant administrative burdens on the effectiveness of secondary research.  Even if consent is solicited at time of sample-collection, the nature and purpose of future secondary research is rarely foreseeable, meaning that disclosure of research to participants is not possible, thereby straining the notion that such consent is informed This presentation critically focuses on the question of whether consent is required for secondary research and proposes a novel contractualist account of biomedical research: Consent Once, Use Many Times (COUMT.) 

Kyle Van Oosterum is a MPhil in Philosophy candidate at the University of Cambridge (2020-2021).  He has been awarded several honors in his educational career. He will be joining us from the UK for this webinar. For this particular webinar, ABN posted a call for papers on the Philosophy forum PhilEvents, and Mr. Van Oosterum's abstract was chosen from that call. 

Earn one CME, CNE, or ACE, as well as IPCE by participating in this webinar online and completing the evaluation form afterward.

Wednesday Mar 17th, 2021—4:00pm
Reporting on Arizona Department of Corrections: Healthcare, Vaccines, Software
Jimmy Jenkins

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Jimmy Jenkins is a reporter at KJZZ and has been reporting recently on the health and health care access of prisoners under the supervision of Arizona Department of Corrections. He will share some of his reporting with us as we discuss the ethical responsibility of Arizona in providing health care for incarcerated persons. If you attended our conference in September, you'll remember we had Corene Kendrick present information on the Parsons case. There has been recent activity on that case as well. 

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Wednesday Feb 17th, 2021—4:00pm
Healthcare Directives and the HIE: Considerations for Developing an Effective Healthcare Directives Registry
Chase J. Millea, JD

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The pandemic has highlighted the need for persons having not only an advanced care directive, but also having it accessible across communities and providers. Chase Millea is In-House Counsel and Director of Regulatory Compliance of Health Current. In this webinar he will describe efforts to record advanced care directives on Health Current.

Wednesday Nov 18th, 2020—4:00pm
Waiving Students’ Rights Goodbye? The Legal and Ethical Implications of Liability Waivers
Bryn Esplin, JD, HEC-C

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The pandemic has disrupted education at all levels. In the context of medical education, the requisite that students’ training consists of in-person patient encounters during their clinical rotations has presented new dilemmas. Some schools introduced so-called ‘liability waivers’, wherein students would waive their right to legal action should they develop COVID-19 resulting from clinical rotations. Professor Esplin discusses the contractual legality, overarching ethical implications, and the feasibility of releasing a school from responsibility in that instance, Looking ahead, too, this presentation will explore how medical education may change if patient contact is reduced for students to reduce spread of the disease. This discussion will explore those topics and many more. Bring your experiences and questions!

Professor Esplin is an assistant  professor of medicine at University of North Texas Health Center.

Wednesday Oct 21st, 2020—4:00pm
COVID-19 and Vaccine(s): Ethics and Allocation
Patricia Mayer, MD, MS, HEC-C

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COVID-19 has enlightened the biomedical and medical community to challenges and ethical decisions that need to be deliberated or ameliorated in a community. One of the recent deliberations looks at the distribution schema to the population should a vaccine be shown to be effective and become available. If/when a vaccine becomes available, it is unlikely that the production volume will meet the demand right away. Who should get the vaccine first? What would be a fair distribution? What would be a just distribution? What complications (such as refrigeration, or providers, or observation time) do the logistics of a vaccine present? Dr. Patricia Mayer will lead us in a discussion so that we might understand the current efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the ethical allocation in distribution, and the ethical challenges to developing, releasing, marketing and providing vaccine. 

Dr. Mayer currently serves as Director of Clinical Ethics, Banner Gateway/MD Anderson Campus, AZ, and holds adjunct faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University Bioethics, Clarkson University Bioethics Masters Program, Cleveland Clinic Department of Bioethics, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Friday Sep 18th, 2020 to Saturday Sep 19th, 2020—9:00am to 12:00pm
ABN 9th Annual Conference
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Ethical and Legal Challenges in a Pandemic

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. You can earn 5 CEUs: CME, CNE, or ACE, plus IPCE as well. Full brochure is available here. 


Friday, September 18, 2020
9:00–9:05  Welcome and Introduction
Patricia Bayless, MD, Chairman of Board, Arizona Bioethics Network
9:05–9:45 Health Care Heroes: But at What Cost? Moral distress, Moral Injury, and Moral Residue in Health Care Workers
Michelle Weaver, RN, BSN, MBA, COHNS
9:45–10:30 Homelessness and the Pandemic
Sharon Dipasupil, MSN, RN
10:30–11:15 Viruses Don’t Stop at Prison Walls: The Ethical Implications of COVID-19 Behind Bars
Corene Kendrick, JD, MPA
11:15–12:00 Pandemic Post-acute Setting and Ethics
Chikal Patel, MD
12:00-12:05 Break
12:05-12:45 Optional Individualized Break-out Rooms for Further Discussion
Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00–9:05 Welcome and Introduction
Patricia Bayless, MD, Chairman of Board, Arizona Bioethics Network
9:00–9:45 Considerations in Caring for Native Americans During COVID-19 Pandemic
Bridget Bonsall Stiegler, DO
9:45–10:20 Advanced Care Planning: Important Now More Than Ever
Neila Keener, LMSW, ACHPC-SW
10:20-10:55 POLST
Stephanie Desiderio, RN, CHPN
11:00-12:00 “No One Left Behind”: Arizona’s Response to Crisis Standards and Triage
Patricia Mayer, MD, MS, HEC-C, & Hannah Dillon, MD
12:00 –12:05 Break
12:05–12:45 Optional Individualized Break-out Rooms for Further Discussion
Disclosure Statement:  There have been no actual or potential conflicts of interests found or disclosures needed in relation to this activity

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.

Wednesday Jul 15th, 2020—4:00pm
This Ain't Your Father's World Anymore - or your Mother's: Professionalism Across the Generations.
Lorree Ratto, PhD, FT

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In this webinar Dr. Ratto explores how different generations are interacting in the workplace, education, and life. Ratto explores differences between the silent gens, the boomers, gen x, millennials, and gen z and talks about how these generations came to be and how those differences are creating cultural and equality differences in our society. In addition, she looks at case examples of how these generations clash when it comes to ethical principles and decision making and the impact it could have on future generations. 

Dr. Ratto is Associate Professor Communication/Chair, Medical Humanities and Healthcare Leadership/Director of Medical Simulation and Standardized Patients, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), AT Still University, and Adjunct Professor, Maricopa Community Colleges, Department of Communication at Rio Salado College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Wednesday Jun 17th, 2020—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Is Just Culture Truly Just? Who decides?
Lynn Belcher RN, BSN, MHA, CLNC, NLCP

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This presentation uses case examples to generate thought and conversation around the perceived use of just culture in the health care system to improve care through shared accountability and the interpretation of just culture from a legal standpoint when patient injury occurs. Who decides between mistakes, risky behavior, and reckless behavior? Who decides between system errors and practice errors?  Who takes responsibility for errors from a legal standpoint?

Lynn Belcher is CEO/President of Lynn Belcher Legal Nurse Consulting Associates.  She has a distinguished career as a healthcare administrator, nursing educator, and legal nurse consultant.


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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