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Medical Ethics

2016 Medical Ethics Program Agenda

Medical ethics is the discipline of evaluating the merits, risks, and social concerns of activities in the field of medicine. Medical ethics is also the study of moral values as they apply to medicine. In some cases, moral values can be in conflict, and ethical dilemmas can result. These may be occasions when the values of the patient or family member are in conflict with the medical community.

The growth of medical knowledge and rapid expansion of medical technology have generated unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the delivery of health care. At the same time, these developments have created difficult moral issues for health professionals, patients, and families of patients. These moral issues in conflict occur because different concerns related to the rights and welfare of patients may suggest conflicting courses of action.

Medical Ethics Forum meetings are held each month to present many of these difficult moral issues and provide a forum for discussing. You are invited to attend each month’s medical ethics forum meeting, third Thursday (except April, July, and October), starting at 7:30 a.m. in education room 21 in the East Education Center.

The following is the 2016 Medical Ethics Program Agenda:


Jan. 21 "Integration of Care: Medicine and Behavioral Health (Rescheduled for January 2017) Robert Smith
Feb. 18 “Exploring the Possibilities and Potential Pitfalls of Telehealth” Lee Greer, M.D.
March 17 “Ethics of Medical Care Using Economic Profiling” Barry Bertolet, M.D.
April 14 “The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Ethical Considerations”

Brad Crosswhite, M.D.


May 19 “New Techniques and Their Bioethical Issues” Stephen Southworth, M.D.
June 16 “The Future of Cancer” Beth Bryant, RN, MSN
July 14 “EMRs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; How They Help and Hurt Patient Care and Satisfaction” Slayton Austria and Bruce Toppin, J.D.
Aug. 18 “Promoting Diversity and Reducing Ethical Dilemmas In the Hispanic Population” Wilma Bray, LSW and Angela Coggins, RN, MSN
Sept. 15 “Counseling Families About the Tube Feeding Option in Late Stage Dementia” Brady Russell, M.D.
Oct. 13 “The Ethics of Culturally Competent Care” Ormella Cummings, PhD and Sandra Holmes, PhD
Nov. 17 "Justice and Equality In the Delivery of Healthcare Part II” Bruce Toppin, J.D.
Dec. 15 “Nanotechnology Applications In Medicine”
Jon Arnold, PharmD

All members of NMMC staff and community are invited to attend this informative meeting. Please refer to the “Medical Ethics” intranet site for additional information. Continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, case managers/social workers, PT, SLP, and LPC.

For more information, call the Rev. James Richardson, Chair, at (662) 377-3439.