Upcoming Bioethics Conferences on PAS

Assisted suicide is a hotly debated topic in our society today as Compassion and Choices continues to press for legalization across the country, including here in Massachusetts, so it is not surprising that medical schools are holding presentations on the topic. Here are two area conferences that are open to the public.

UMass Medical School

I am very much looking forward to hearing Dr. Komrad speak about this concerning trend.

Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia of Non-Terminal Patients with Mental Illness: An Emerging Ethical Crisis”

UMass Psychiatry Ground Rounds Visiting Professor Series

Speaker: Mark S Komrad, MD DFAPA
Ethicist-in-Residence, Sheppard Pratt Faculty of Psychiatry,
John Hopkins, University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt

Located in Lazare Auditorium (1st floor – Medical School Building, S1-607, near the library).  Rounds are attended by faculty, residents, and professional staff, and are also open to the public.  For additional information please contact Karen Lambert, Grand Rounds Coordinator, at 508-856-5928, or via email karen.lambert@umassmed.edu

Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

With a faculty advisory committee loaded with pro-assisted suicide researchers and advocates, I am going to have a lot of questions during this two-day event. I am also looking forward hearing what they have to say.

Controlling Death: The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die

April 11-12, 2019
Harvard Medical School Campus, Boston, MA

This two-day conference will explore ethical, legal, and clinical aspects of evolving practices of euthanasia and physician-assisted death. How ought we to think about the choices of determining the time and manner of death for our loved ones, our patients, and ourselves? How should the health and legal professions respond to these rapidly evolving practices and choices? 

About the Conference:

The Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference convenes leaders in the field to explore ethical questions and concerns in healthcare. Held each April, this conference facilitates conversations among experts, and supports members of ethics committees, health care professionals, bioethicists, administrators, attorneys and others who are interested in addressing ethical issues.

Faculty Advisory Committee:
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD, Committee Chair
Lachlan Forrow, MD
Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH
Scott Kim, MD, PhD
Timothy E. Quill, MD 
Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH
Sigrid Sterckx, PhD
Matthew K. Wynia, MD

Registration is $50 for two days of programming.

The Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference is hosted and organized by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and co-sponsored by the Hastings Center and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.

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