2019 Conference Preconference Workshops


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Preconference Workshops explore topics that are at the forefront of contemporary conversations in bioethics. The workshops are designed to be interactive and are an opportunity for collegial discussion. Workshops are on June 19th and 20th on Trinity's Deerfield (Illinois) campus.

 Conscientious Practice in Healthcare:
 Ethical, Clinical, and Legal Issues

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Conscientious practice (moral integrity) is essential in the life and work of a healthcare professional. However, the moral pluralism of Western democratic societies results in ethical differences that challenge this practice. Disagreements can raise pivotal questions about competing ethical values, concepts of health, the moral dynamic of shared decision making, the meaning of conscience, and the extent to which society will accept ethical differences in professional practice. Given the moral seriousness of conscientious practice, there is a compelling need for professional and legal accommodations that respect it. This workshop will explore many aspects of conscientious practice in healthcare, covering ethical, clinical, and legal issues. Regarding ethical and clinical issues, the workshop will discuss historical and contemporary concepts of conscience, describe conscientious practice as moral integrity, relate conscientious practice to the moral dynamic of shared decision-making and the influence of contrasting concepts of health, and clarify the relationship between conscience and love in Christian ethics. Regarding legal issues, the workshop will allow participants to articulate an understanding of the basic federal and state statutory and regulatory protections for healthcare professionals in federal programs and how to secure those protections. Participants will also be able to identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of claims of conscience under relevant federal and state statutes and understand the legal procedures afforded by the court system to vindicate such claims.

Led by:
Steven Aden, JD
Lauris Kaldjian, MD, PhD

Co-Sponsored by Americans United for Life

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for this workshop. Earn 5.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the 8:30am–3:30pm Conscientious Practice in Healthcare: Ethical, Clinical, and Legal Issues Preconference Workshop. Earn an additional 1.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the afternoon session from 4:00–5:30pm.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Lisa Anderson-Shaw

Steven Aden, JD

Cheyn Onarecker

Lauris Kaldjian, MD, PhD

 

 Suffering, Pain, Opioids, and Compassionate Care for Patients:
 Controversies and Hope

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:30am – 3:30pm

In the setting of a medical system influenced by a technological imperative, increased resource pressures, a growing opioid crisis and external judgements on quality of life, both America’s population over age 65 and the palliative care movement are on the rise. While society may present that “suffering is the enemy,” sometimes even requesting to eliminate the suffering person to eradicate suffering, Christian teaching calls for an accompaniment of the suffering person, seen as a positive duty of charity, that ultimately offers a faith and hope-filled presence. Furthermore, in the suffering person who is approaching death, Christian teaching further recognizes that utmost care must be taken to not disregard the “dignity" of the person–neither by hastening death nor by therapeutic obstinacy. Many questions exist regarding what is morally permissible, obligatory, or to be avoided according to Christian perspectives of relief of pain and suffering, and how such perspectives compare and contrast to those of the modern hospice and palliative medicine movement.

We will explore Christian understandings of pain and suffering, differentiating Christian understandings of pain and suffering from those of modern hospice and palliative medicine. We will evaluate tensions that exist at times between the “right” and the “best” thing to do and ultimately work to integrate Christian teaching and understandings of the good life and good death into compassionate care for patients.

Led by:
Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
Nicole Shirilla, MD, MEd

Co-Sponsored by The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for this workshop. Earn 5.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by participating in the 8:30am–3:30pm Suffering, Pain, Opioids, and Compassionate Care for Patients: Controversies and Hope Preconference Workshop and registering for CME credit.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.

Ryan Nash

Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM

Courtney Thiele

Nicole Shirilla, MD, MEd

 

ACADEMIC CREDIT INFORMATION

Preconference workshops can be taken with or without academic credit and/or continuing education credit. Academic credit hours are offered through Trinity International University and can be credited toward degree programs at Trinity or transferred to other institutions. Individuals should register for BE7700a Contemporary Issues in Bioethics Seminar and must attend all sessions in both workshops. If you are not currently a Trinity student and are interested in academic credit, please contact Trinity Graduate Admissions at 847.317.8000. Academic credit cannot be requested after the event.

 

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