Bioethics Conferences, Lectures, and Events
The Program hosts several events each year for the public and for staff; from week long retreats to hour long lectures. Check back here regularly to see what is being offered. Additionally, we ask that you visit our Video Library in order to find all available videos from previous ethics education events.
- Summer Workshop 2015
- Ethics WebEx Conferences
- Department of Medicine Noon Conference Series
- The Albert R. Jonsen Bioethics Symposium
- Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education
Summer Workshop 2015
Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients – a worthwhile dialogue
Seventy participants from thirty-one different northern California institutions attended the 10th annual Summer Workshop and took part in a conversation centered on decision-making for unrepresented patients. Why this topic? It came directly from feedback at last year’s Workshop and matched the observations of our bioethicists while doing their clinical work.
Dr. Alan Newman, Chair, Psychiatry, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), spoke about how best to assess decision making capacity when a patient is unable to decide for themselves. St. Luke’s Ethics Committee Chairperson, Dr. Jessica Evert, facilitated a panel discussion on how to conduct an ethics care conference. PMHV bioethicists Drs. Ruchika Mishra and Shilpa Shashidhara, joined by CPMC Ethics Committee Chairperson, Dr. William Andereck, shared in discussing challenging patients and ethics process recommendations. PMHV’s Clinical Ethics Fellow, Dr. Ruaim Muaygil, concluded the workshop by discussing how best to write an ethics chart note. This completed a circle that encompassed participation from the newest and most senior bioethicists within PMHV, as the day had begun with Dr. Albert Jonsen focusing the conversation when he spoke about the ethics of caring for our most vulnerable patients.
For further details, please read the soon to be published Ethical Times #42. Should you have any inquiries regarding the content or details from any previous workshop, please call our office.
PMHV staff would like to thank all participants from this year’s Workshop and those who have taken part at any time in the past ten years. We look forward next summer to the eleventh annual Summer Workshop. A date and topic will be chosen by the end of the year.
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Ethics WebEx Conferences
The Right to Say No:
When medical treatments are non-beneficial
- Watch the Right to Say No Video Opens new window [50 minutes]
At the conclusion of this course, the learner was able to::
- Understand the criteria for defining non-beneficial treatments.
- Manage conflicts around non-beneficial treatment decisions.
- Describe the legal guidelines for declining medical requests for non-beneficial treatments.
Whose Decision is it?
Guidelines for Health Care Decision Making
At the conclusion of this course, the learner was able to:
- List the steps for medical decision making in different patient care scenarios.
- Describe the role of a surrogate decision maker and standards applicable to them.
- Differentiate between the ‘substituted judgment’ and ‘best interest’ standards for medical decision making.
Ruchika Mishra, Ph.D, and William S. Andereck, MD.
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Department of Medicine Noon Conference Series
Here are the upcoming dates when a PMHV speaker will lecture about a clinical ethics topic for CPMC’s medical residents. This annual lecture series is part of our collaboration with Graduate Medical Education, where we teach clinical ethics to physicians in training.
- Thursday, August 27, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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The Albert R. Jonsen Bioethics Symposium
The Journey of Bioethics: Past, Present, and Future
Thank you to everyone who attended this event. It's not too late to make a contribution to the campaign.
- View the tribute video - The Birth of Medical Ethics
- Make a donation to the Bioethics Endowed Fund in honor of Dr. Jonsen.
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Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education
The International Bioethics Retreat
Dr. Andereck (back row, far right) and Dr. Mishra (front row, standing middle), joined by fellow bioethicists at the 2015 International Bioethics Retreat, Paris.
Cambridge University Press partners with Sciences Po, Chesapeake IRB, Reid Hall (Columbia University) and Program in Medicine and Human Values, to host the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. This annual consortium, allied with the International Bioethics Retreat, brings bioethics educators from all over the world to engage in information sharing, bioethics education innovation, and scholarship. We at PMHV take pride in our long-standing international collaborations, thus we are well represented as both events are organized by Dr. Thomasine Kushner, with Dr. William Andereck serving as Master of Ceremonies. Please visit icmbioethics.com/ for dates and more detailed information.
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