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Annual Meeting and Announcements

Ethics Sessions Scheduled for IM 2017

Committee: Ethics, Professionalism & Human Rights Committee (EPHRC)
Staff Liaison: Lois Snyder Sulmasy, JD

March 30, 2017

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM OpenNotes and Patient Engagement: A Point/Counterpoint Discussion
PN 031

Clinical Questions:

  1. What are the benefits of direct patient electronic access to OpenNotes?
  2. What are the ethical challenges raised by patient access to OpenNotes?
  3. What skills and tools do physicians need when writing notes that will be directly accessed by patients?

March 31, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Practical Palliative Care: Managing Pain at the End of Life
MTP 105

Clinical Questions:

  1. What are common fears and concerns about pain control that prevent patients and their families from pursuing pain management, and what are some proven strategies for addressing them?
  2. What are the recent developments regarding pharmacologic pain therapy?
  3. How can physicians identify and manage other aspects of suffering in patients near the end of life that present as "pain"?

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Ethical Challenges Role Play: Communicating with Patients about Potentially Controversial Topics
PN 029

Clinical Questions:

  1. What ethical dilemmas do physicians face when communicating about potentially controversial subjects with patients?
  2. What should physicians do when state law prohibits discussion of certain health issues?
  3. What practical skills and tools can physicians use to discuss potentially controversial topics with patients?

April 1, 2017

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Genomics and Primary Care: Ethical and Practical Implications
PN 030

Clinical Questions:

  1. What are the current and emerging ethical challenges raised by genomic medicine in primary care?
  2. What are ethical best practices in primary care genomics?
  3. When should a patient be referred to a genetics specialist?

Past session information is available upon request. Please email for more information.

National Healthcare Decisions Day teams up with The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project, founded in 2012, works to ensure that everyone’s end-of-life care wishes are both expressed and respected, and organizers of the widely recognized, National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) held every April 16, which encourages education and awareness on advance care planning through grassroots community events are joining forces to lead NHDD’s 10th anniversary events in 2017.

With the full power of The Conversation Project behind it, NHDD aims to expand its reach and boost the number of providers, hospitals, organizations, communities, and institutions that are currently involved. To date, over 110 national and 1,600 state/local organizations  have pledged their support and/or contributed to NHDD activities. Approximately 3 million members of the general public have participated in NHDD events or received advance directive information as a result of NHDD activities.

For more information about The Conversation Project or National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit and or follow @convoproject and @NHDD.