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Consortium Ethics Program to Hold Fall Retreat

The Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) invites faculty and residents to attend its annual weekend retreat, which will be held from September 16 to 18, 2011, at Lakeview Golf Report and Spa in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The CEP is the regional ethics education network funded by its member institutions and cosponsored by the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh.

The retreat, entitled "Health Care Law and Clinical Ethics: Practical Approaches," will be case-based and will focus on the relationship between health care law and clinical ethics. The speakers and participants are nationally recognized legal, clinical, medical, and philosophical scholars.

Plenary sessions will include the following: "The Right to Health in International Law: Does It Make a Difference?," presented by David Barnard, PhD, JD, professor of medicine and clinical and translational science, affiliate faculty of law, and affiliate faculty of global health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh; "The Affordable Care Act: Ethical Concerns," presented by Larry Churchill, PhD, professor of medicine, and Ann Geddes Stahlman, professor of medical ethics, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and "(How) Should States Value Life?," presented by Alex London, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center of Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Among additional topics to be covered are physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST), disclosing adverse events, end-of-life decision making, and conscientious objection. Faculty will include Robert Arnold, MD, professor of medicine, Leo H. Criep Chair in Patient Care, and chief of the Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Carol Bucci, JD, partner at Bucci Markley Law, LLC; David Korman, JD, program manager for special projects at the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Alan Steinberg, Esquire, partner at Horty Springer and Mattern, PC; Chaton Turner, assistant counsel at UPMC; and Mark Wicclair, PhD, adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and professor of philosophy at West Virginia University.

In recognition of the CEP's support from the Division of General Internal Medicine, the CEP is inviting division faculty and residents in internal medicine to register at a discounted rate of $175. This amount does not include overnight accommodations or meals. A block of rooms has been reserved at Lakeview for $95 plus tax per room, and arrangements have been made to offer lunch on Friday and Saturday for $13 each day. A limited number of spaces are available. To receive a conference brochure, please contact the CEP at 412-647-5834 or

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