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Medical Ethics

2015 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 (except November and December), starting at 7:30 a.m. in Education Room 21 in NMMC's East Tower.

The following is the 2015 Medical Ethics Program Agenda:


Jan. 15 “Ebola Treatment: The Ethical Dilemmas” Max Taylor, M.D.
Feb. 19 “Nanoparticle Drugs and Their Ethical Challenges II”
Jon Arnold, Pharm.D.
March 19 “The Tale of Two Potential Pharmacy Disasters: Critical Drug Shortages and the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance”
Stacie Penkova, Pharm.D.
April 16 “Building and Sustaining a Healthcare System That Allows Access to Community”

Lee Greer, M.D.


May 21 “Gray Matters Regarding End-of-Life Decisions Making” Spencer Miller, M.D.
June 18 “Non-compliance in Obstetrics” Justin Brewer, M.D.
July 16 “Medicolegal Issues of Genetic Testing” Andrew Kellum, M.D. and Beth Bryant, MSN
Aug. 20 “Ethical Dilemmas In Caring for Teens with Suicidal Ideation as Inpatients” Jennifer Rangel, LSW
Sept. 17 “Justice and Equality In the Delivery of Healthcare” Bruce Toppin J.D.
Oct. 15 “The Ethical Dilemmas of Engaging Patients and Families In Times of Crisis” Ray Reed, M.D.
Nov. 12 “Engaging Patient and Family During Times of Crisis With Crucial Conversation© Skills” Education Staff
Dec. 10 “The Ethical Implications of What Services and Research Receives Funding and Who Decides How the ‘Financial Pie’ Gets Divided and Distributed” Edward Hill, M.D.

All members of NMMC staff and community are invited to attend this informative meeting. Please refer to the “Medical Ethics” intranet site for additional information. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, case managers/social workers, PT, SLP, and LPC.

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