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    Bioethics Conferences, Lectures, and Events

    Dr. Albert Johnson

     |  Summer Workshop  |  Ethics WebEx Conferences  |  Department of Medicine Noon Conference Series  |  The Albert R. Jonsen Bioethics Symposium  |  Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education

    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.
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    Summer Workshop

    “Each year, bioethics committee members from both large and small hospitals in Northern California are treated to an excellent education opportunity, PMHV's annual Summer Workshop for Hospital Ethics Committees hosted at CPMC. The topics are always appropriate and timely. The presentations are case based and patient oriented. And there is always a time to collaborate and ask questions, both with the other conference attendees and with the excellent bioethicists that are gathered each year.”
    Lynette R. Grandison, MD
    Physician and Chair, Ethics Committee
    Memorial Medical Centre, Modesto

    Summer Workshop 2015
    Decision Making for Unrepresented Patients – a worthwhile dialogue

    At the 10th annual Summer Workshop, seventy participants from thirty-one different northern California institutions 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 in patients. St. Luke’s Ethics Committee Chairperson, Dr. Jessica Evert, facilitated a skills workshop 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, discussed challenging patient cases and models of decision making for the unrepresented patient. 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 began with Dr. Albert Jonsen discussing the nature of our obligation to care for patients unable to represent themselves.

    For further details, please read 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

    Past Events

    What is Death and What is Wrong with It? - I
    November 13, 2015
    How should we think about the prospect of death and, for example, the ethics of various scenarios for assisted dying or for definitions of death for the purposes of organ procurement? How should we think about medically assisted dying and about advance directives or so called “living wills’ which request death in certain specified future circumstances including circumstances where the subject has lost competence?

    This WebEx was led by invited guest Professor John Harris. Dr. Harris is a British philosopher and director of The Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation at the University of Manchester. He is one of the leading and most influential public figures in bioethics and has acted as Ethical Consultant to a number of national and international bodies and corporations. Dr. Harris was invited as part of our Clinical Neuroethics Initiative, developed to specifically address the clinical ethical issues arising in neuroscience.

    Faculty: John Harris, FMedSci., FRSA, D.Phil., University of Manchester

    Advance Care Planning – I & II Understanding and Implementing Advance Directives
    August 17, 2015
    Health care providers are obligated to honor patient wishes and preferences as documented in their Advance Heath Care Directive. With different forms of Advance Directives available, there is a need to clarify what constitutes a valid advance directive. This WebEx session will address the components of an Advance Directive and what it means in providing ethically appropriate patient-centered care.

    The Right to Say No: When medical treatments are non-beneficial
    May 2015
    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.
    Faculty: Ruchika Mishra, Ph.D, and Shilpa Shashidhara, Ph.D.

    Whose Decision is it? Guidelines for Health Care Decision Making
    January 2015
    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.
    Faculty: 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, February 11, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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    The Albert R. Jonsen Bioethics Symposium

    The Journey of Bioethics: Past, Present, and Future
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    Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education

    Dr. Mishra (front row, standing middle), Dr. Kushner (middle left), and Dr. Andereck (near back, left side) joined by fellow bioethicists at the 2015 Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education, Paris.

    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 for dates and more detailed information.
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