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Ethics Sessions Scheduled for Internal Medicine 2015

Committee: Ethics, Professionalism & Human Rights Committee (EPHRC)

5/1/2015
11:15 a.m - 12:45 p.m
PN 018
Room 155
Ethics Year in Review

Lisa S. Lehmann, MD, FACP (Moderator)
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Director, Center for Bioethics
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
1620 Tremont Street, 3rd FL, Room BC3-2G
Boston, MA 02120-1613

Jon C. Tilburt, MD, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Mayo Clinic
200 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Julie R. Rosenbaum, MD, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Associate Professor of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine
PO Box 208056
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8056

Clinical Questions:

  1. What are the emerging medical ethics and professionalism issues for internists today?
  2. How are ethics issues affecting patient care?
  3. What should practitioners keep in mind when confronting these issues?
5/2/2015
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
PN 019
Room 107
Pursuing Professional Excellence: The Role of Maintenance of Certification

David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP (Moderator)
ACP President and Ex Officio Member ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Director MU Center for Health Ethics
UM School of Med MA412 Health Science Center
1 Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212

Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD, MPH, MACP
Former Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Chair Elect, ABIM Board of Directors
Vice Dean for Medical Education
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Office of the Dean
Box 951722, 12-138 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1722

Mira Irons, MD
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
American Board of Medical Specialties
353 North Clark Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60654

Clinical Questions:

  1. What role does maintenance of certification (MOC) have in ensuring professional excellence?
  2. How effective is the MOC process?
  3. How might the process be improved and its value for physicians and the profession enhanced?
5/2/2015
11:15 a.m - 12:45 p.m
PN 020
Room 104
Patient Requests for Care that is not Clinically Indicated: Ethical Challenges Role Play

Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD, FACP (Moderator)
Former Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Chair and Founder, Center for Bioethics and Humanities
SUNY Upstate Medical Center
618 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210

Carrie A. Horwitch, MD, MPH, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
C8-GIM
Virginia Mason Medical
1100 Ninth Ave
Seattle, WA 98111

Banu E. Symington, MD, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute
725 Pole Line Road West
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Clinical Questions:

  1. What sort of small, marginal benefits justify substantially more costly clinical interventions?
  2. What are professionally responsible and effective approaches to responding to patient requests for tests or interventions that are more costly, but no (or minimally) more efficacious?
  3. To what extent --and how-- ought financial considerations be discussed by physicians with their patients?
5/2/2015
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
PN 017
Room 156
Ethics and the "Virtual Patient": Recognizing the Patient in Room in the Time of EHRs

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP (Moderator)
Chair, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Professor of Medicine & Pathology
Medical Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine
1515 N. Campbell Avenue
P. O. Box 245024
Tucson, AZ 85724-5017

Sanjay Desai, MD, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Director, Osler Medical Training Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287

Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, FACP
Vice Chair, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Governor St. Primary Care Center/
University Medicine Foundation
285 Governor Street, Suite 2
Providence, RI 02906-3237

Clinical Questions:

  1. What ethical and professional challenges does implementation of the EHR present for physicians?
  2. How may physicians mitigate these challenges in their practices?
  3. How may implementation of the EHR support the patient-physician relationship?

National Healthcare Decisions Day

The 8th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) will be held on April 16, 2015. A collaborative effort among national, state and community organizations, NHDD is intended to ensure that "all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions." NHDD activities aim to increase awareness of the purposes and benefits of advance care planning, make resources for completing an advance directive available to those wishing to complete a directive, and encourage conversations with family, friends and health care providers about future healthcare wishes. Over the past seven years, NHDD has succeeded in reaching millions of people with information about advance directives and National Healthcare Decisions Day, and over 29,000 advance directives have been completed on National Healthcare Decision Days themselves. For more information about becoming involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit their website at www.nhdd.org.

Houston Methodist Research Institute Intensive Bioethics Course

Houston Methodist and Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy is offering a weeklong intensive bioethics course at the Houston Methodist Research Institute from May 11-15, 2015 in Houston. The course emphasizes learning-by-doing with a practical and clinically-based focus. Core content is related to a variety of topics in clinical ethics consultation, including informed consent, capacity, end-of-life decision-making, advance care planning, and pediatric skills. For more information visit their website at www.houstonmethodist.org/bioethics.

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