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Consortium Ethics Program Presents Educational Seminars and Lectures

The Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) continues to organize educational seminars and lectures in all areas of health care ethics and frequently calls upon the vast expertise of faculty here at the University of Pittsburgh.

The CEP meeting on March 7, 2011, featured two speakers who gave presentations based on their research. Bruce S. Rabin, MD, PhD, professor of pathology and psychiatry and medical director of clinical immunopathology, gave a presentation entitled "Coping with Stress for Better Quality of Mental and Physical Health." Douglas B. White, MD, MAS, associate professor of critical care medicine, gave a presentation entitled "The Ethics of Making Life Support Decisions for Incapacitated Patients without Surrogates."

The CEP will host two upcoming events.

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, the CEP will present an intensive, 1-day seminar series entitled "Basic Issues in Health Care Ethics." The series is designed to provide health care practitioners with a basic introduction to the frameworks and skills needed for addressing and resolving ethical issues. Topics will range from general principles in health care ethics to patient autonomy, informed consent, decision-making capacity, and end-of-life decisions. University faculty will include Valerie Satkoske, MSW, PhD, instructor, and Mark Wicclair, PhD, adjunct professor of medicine. Other guest speakers will include Alan Steinberg, JD, from Horty, Sprinter and Mattern, and Randy Hebert, MD, MPH, medical director of West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) Forbes Hospice.

In September 2011, the CEP will be holding its 22nd annual weekend retreat, "Health Care Ethics and Health Law," at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown, West Virginia. This intensive yet informal conference will focus on providing participants with a basic understanding of the relationship between law and ethics in health care. Various approaches to addressing ethical and legal issues in the clinical setting will also be explored. The keynote speaker for the conference is Larry Churchill, PhD, Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University. Faculty from the University will include the following: Robert Arnold, MD, professor of medicine and Leo H. Criep Chair of Patient Care, School of Medicine; David Barnard, PhD, JD, professor of medicine, School of Medicine; David Korman, JD, adjunct faculty instructor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; and Stella Smetanka, JD, clinical associate professor, School of Law. Other guest speakers will include Alex London, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Carol Bucci, JD, MHA, from Bucci Marley Law, LLC; and Chaton Turner, Esq., assistant counsel for UPMC.

The CEP invites all Division of General Internal Medicine faculty, residents, and fellows to attend these sessions. If you are interested in receiving more information about them or any future programming, please contact the CEP at 412-647-5832 or

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