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Medical Ethics

2013 Medical Ethics Program Agenda

Medical ethics is the discipline of evaluating the merits, risks and social concerns of activities in the field of medicine. Medical ethics is also the study of moral values as they apply to medicine. In some cases, moral values can be in conflict, and ethical dilemmas can result. These may be occasions when the values of the patient or family member are in conflict with the medical community.

The growth of medical knowledge and rapid expansion of medical technology have generated unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the delivery of health care. At the same time, these developments have created difficult moral issues for health professionals, patients and families of patients. These moral issues in conflict occur because different concerns related to the rights and welfare of patients may suggest conflicting courses of action.

Medical Ethics Forum meetings are held each month to present many of these difficult moral issues and provide a forum for discussing. You’re invited to attend each month’s medical ethics forum meeting, third Thursday (March and December, held the second Thursday), starting at 7:30 a.m. in education room #21. The following is the 2013 Medical Ethics Program Agenda.

Feb. 21 The Dilemma of Transparency of Quality & Safety Statistics for Hospitals Lee Greer, M.D., Chief Quality Officer
March 14 The Legal & Moral Obligation of Charity Care Bruce Toppin, J.D.
April 18 Shared Accountable Care Organizations Brian Condit, M.D.
May 16 The Patient-Centered Medical Home: An Ethical Perspective Brad Crosswhite, M.D.
June 20 Ethical Dilemmas in Symptom Management at the End of Life Ashley Harris, M.D.
July 18 Ethics & Attitudes: The Stigma of Mental Health/Illness Debbie Hall, MBA, CPM
Aug. 15 Ethical Issues Surrounding Alternative Medicine Richmond McCarty, D.O.
Sept. 19 Ethics of Genetics Relating to Breast Cancer Christopher Croot, M.D.
Oct. 17 Team-Based Medicine: Physicians & Nurse Practitioners Working Together Mark Williams, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Nov. 14 Ethical Issues in Discharge Planning Gina Smith, LCSW
Dec. 12 The Road to Reform Under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - A Status Report Gerald Wages

All members of NMMC staff and community are invited to attend this informative meeting. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, case managers/social workers, PT, OT, SLP and pharmacists.

For more information, call the Rev. James Richardson, Chair, at (662) 377-3439.