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Annual Meeting and Announcements


Ethics Sessions Scheduled for Internal Medicine 2015

Committee: Ethics, Professionalism & Human Rights Committee

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
PN 018
Ethics Year in Review

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?

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
PN 019
Pursuing Professional Excellence: The Role of Maintenance of Certification

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?

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
PN 020
Patient Requests for Care that is not Clinically Indicated: Ethical Challenges Role Play

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?

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
PN 017
Ethics and the "Virtual Patient": Recognizing the Patient in Room in the Time of EHRs

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?


Ethics Sessions Scheduled for Internal Medicine 2014

Committee: Ethics, Professionalism, and Human Rights Committee

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
PN 022
Rm. 311AD
Social Media and Online Professionalism: What Physicians Need to Know

Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP, FACOI (Moderator)
President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern School
of Medicine
400 Fuller Wiser Road
Euless, TX 76039

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205

Stephen F. Darrow, MD
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Member, ACP Council of Residents and Fellows
5324 30th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Clinical Questions:
1. What principles of medical ethics and professionalism apply to social media?
2. How is trust in the physician and the profession affected by online activities?
3. Should physicians try to separate their professional and personal online identities?

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
PN 029
Rm. 311 EH
Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients: Considering Where, When, and How

Thomas Gallagher, MD, FACP (Moderator)
Professor of Bioethics & Humanities
Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
4311 11th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98195

Wendy Levinson, MD, Dip. Epi., FACP
Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management
and Evaluation
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street, Queen Wing, 4-036
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8

Allen B. Kachalia, MD, JD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management
Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Chief Quality Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Clinical Questions:
1. What do patients want to know about harmful errors?
2. How should errors be disclosed?
3. How do institutional policies and procedures support or impede disclosure of errors?
4. How can physicians respond to harmful medical errors most effectively?

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
PN 021
Rm. 311 EH
The Impaired Physician: Am I My Brother’s (or Sister’s) Keeper?: Ethical Challenges Role Play

Kelley M. Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP (Moderator)
Chair, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Medical School Office Building
1265 Welch Road
Stanford, CA 94305-5479

Carrie A. Horwitch, MD, FACP
Vice-Chair, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Virginia Mason Medical
1100 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98111

Stephen F. Darrow, MD
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Member, ACP Council of Residents and Fellows
5324 30th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Clinical Questions:
1. When is a physician “impaired”?
2. How can a physician recognize impairment in a colleague (or in him- or herself)?
3. What are the physician’s ethical, professional, and legal obligations when she or he believes a colleague is impaired?
4. What resources are available for impaired physicians?

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
PN 020
Rm.311 AD
Ethics Year in Review

Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD, MPH, FACP (Moderator)
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Vice Dean for Medical Education
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Office of the Dean
P.O. Box 951722, 12-138 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1722

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP
Member, ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee
Associate Dean, Outreach & Multicultural Affairs
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

Thomas A. Bledsoe, MD, FACP
Member, 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 are the emerging and challenging medical ethics and professionalism issues for internists today?
2. How do these issues affect patient care?
3. How should physicians deal with these issues?

National Healthcare Decisions Day

The 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) will be held on April 16, 2014. 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 six 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.

Health in Prisons Course

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross is offering a one week course on Health in Prisons from June 23 - June 27, 2014. The course will address health and human rights issues facing populations in detention or incarceration. Topics will include prison health systems and management structures; communicable disease control; drug use and substance abuse treatment; mental health services; health impacts of solitary confinement and disciplinary segregation; specific health needs of female, youth and aging prison populations; ethical issues for healthcare providers in prisons and detention centers; and the role of public health and clinical professionals in prison reform. Please see flyer for more information.


New Leadership Webinars

New Leadership Webinars

The ACP Leadership Academy is offering FREE webinars covering the core tenets of leadership, leadership in hospital medicine, finance, and more.

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