Deadline: June 17, 2014

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Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on Thursday, June 19, on "What Ethicists Should Know about the Law."

For more details about the course, including registration information, please visit the full course description.


Wednesday, June 18th

8:00 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30: Welcome and Introduction         

8:45: Development of Clinical Bioethics: Cases, Committees and Concepts, Christine Mitchell                 

9:30: Questions and Comments

9:45: Moral Reasoning and Ethical Justification, Andrew Schroeder

10:30: Questions and Comments                          

10:45: Refreshment Break

11:00: Micro Ethics, Robert Truog

11:45: Questions and Comments

12:00: Transition Break (pick up box lunch)

12:15: Small Group Case Discussion over Lunch (assigned rooms)

1:15: Transition Break

1:30: Ethical Analysis: Three Methods

  • Principlism, Patrick Smith

  • Virtue Ethics, Frank Chessa

  • Narrative Ethics, Charlotte Harrison          

2:30, Questions and Comments

2:45, Transition

3:00, Concurrent Sessions

  • Competencies for Ethics Consultation – Preparing a portfolio, Christine Mitchell

  • Ethics and Values in Health Care Reform, Lauren Taylor

  • Ethical Tensions between Maternal Fetal Medicine and Pediatrics, Stephen Brown

  • Medical Futility, Robert Truog

  • Studies of Ethics Consultation: How do the Data Inform our Practice?, Jennifer Kesselheim

  • The Fluidity of Professional Boundaries, Guy Maytal

4:00: Transition

4:15: Atoms, Autonomy and Molecular Ethics, Lachlan Forrow

5:00: Questions and Comments

5:15: Adjourn to Networking Reception and Buffet

6:00: Ethics Committees and Consults—open discussion, Christine Mitchell and Faculty

Groups (self-led) to Museum of Fine Arts; Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum       


Thursday, June 19th

8:00am: Continental Breakfast

8:25: Announcements

8:30: Ethics Consultation: Standards and Competencies, Martha Jurchak   

9:15: Questions and Comments

9:30: Ethical Analysis: Three More Methods

  • Casuistry, Judy Johnson

  • Utilitarianism, Frank Chessa

  • Feminist Ethics, Alyssa Spielberg

10:30: Questions and Comments

10:45: Refreshment Break

11:00: Rationing Tools: QALYs and DALYs, Andrew Schroeder

11:45: Questions and Comments

12:00pm: Transition break (pick up box lunch)

12:15: Small Group Case Discussion over Lunch (assigned rooms)

1:15: Transition Break

1:30: Teaching Bioethics: Practical Approaches to Common Challenges, Ed Hundert

2:15: Questions and Comments

2:30: Transition

2:45: Concurrent Sessions                     

  • Advance Care Planning: Legal documents to patient-centered process, Tanja Krones

  • Core Cases in Women’s Health, Louise King

  • Deadly Medicine: How the Past Should Inform the Future, Mildred Solomon

  • Talking to Families about Ethics Consultation–A Video, Martha Jurchak and Wendy McHugh

  • Pediatric Ethics: Foregoing Hydration and Nutrition, Jehanna Peerzada

  • Teaching Bioethics: Program to Enhance Relational & Communication Skills, Elaine Meyer           

3:45: Refreshment Break and Transition

4:00: What Ethicists Should Know About the Law, Holly Lynch

4:45: Questions and Comments

5:00: Networking Reception and Buffet

6:00: “The Drama of DNA” – A play and panel about the shifting landscape from newborn screening to genome sequencing, by Lynn Bush and Karen Rothenberg; with local actors

7:00: Panel and audience interaction: Lynn Bush, Robert Green, Karen Rothenberg,  and Players

8:00: Close


Friday, June 20th

8:00am: Continental Breakfast

8:25: Welcome and Announcements

8:30: New Ethical Questions in the Genomic Era, Robert Green

9:15: Questions and Comments

9:30: Medical Mistakes, Robert Truog

10:15: Questions and Comments

10:30: Refreshment Break

10:45: Narrative Ethics: What Matters?, Martha Montello 

11:30: Questions and Comments          

11:45: Mind the Gap: Reason and Emotion in Ethics, Guy Maytal

12:30pm: Questions and Comments          

12:45: Transition (pick up box lunch)

1:00: Small Group Discussion over Lunch (assigned rooms) – Varieties and vagaries of ethics committees and consultation

2:00: Transition                           

2:15: May Doctors and Nurses Help You Die?, Marcia Angell and Lachlan Forrow

3:00: Questions and Comments

3:15: Refreshment Break

3:30: The Future of Bioethics, Mildred Solomon

4:15: Questions and Comments

4:30: Evaluation and Closing Remarks

4:45: Adjourn

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