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    Program in Medicine & Human Values

    The Program in Medicine & Human Values at California Pacific Medical Center provides medical ethics consultation for professionals and families, a variety of sponsored continuing education activities for practicing health care professionals, resources through our special library collection, research, and regional ethics resources.

    Three of our bioethicists discuss details of an ethics consultation
    Three of our bioethicists discuss details of an ethics consultation.

    During our now over ten years of existence, the Program in Medicine and Human Values (PMHV) has demonstrated numerous achievements in medical ethics including a robust clinical consultation service, supported by a fully functioning ethics committee. Since 1985, PMHV has provided over 900 ethics consultations to patients and hospital staff, including our current work within the Sutter Health Bay Area Region.

    Ethics Conferences

    Upcoming Events

    • Department of Medicine Noon Conference
      Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    Past WebEx EventsPlease visit our Conferences and Events page for access to the videos.
    • What to do When the Patient Has No One to Make Treatment Decisions
    • What to do When the Patient Lacks Capacity
    • What to do When the Patient Is Non-Adherent with The Plan of Care
    • What to do When the Patient Wants to Leave AMA
    • Ethical Issues around Pain Management
    • Obligations to the Challenging Patient
    • California End of Life Option Act
    • Decision Making for the Unrepresented Patient
    • Refusal of Therapy by Patients with Capacity Limitations: Ethical Approaches
    • What is Death and What is Wrong with It?
    • Advance Care Planning – I & II

    Please visit our Conferences and Events page to see additional topics and the accompanying videos.

    Bioethics Currents

    Current issues in biomedical ethics from around the world.