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Medical Ethics

2018 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 when noted) starting at 7:30 a.m. in education room 21 in the East Education Center.

The following is the 2018 Medical Ethics Program Agenda:


Jan. 18 “Medical Reversal: When Medicine Reverses Itself” Jon Arnold, R.Ph.
Feb. 15 “Comorbidity Treatment: A Failure of All Health Care Facilities” Robert Smith
March 8 “Safety and Quality Medical Ethics” Lee Greer, M.D.
April 19 “Conversations Before the Crisis: Death Over Donuts”

Lucas McElwain, M.D.


May 17 “Weight Related Stigma” Vernon Rayford, M.D.
June 21 “Patient Profiling: Are You a Victim” Amy Cates, LSW
July 19 “Rapid Fire From a Palliative Medicine Doctor” Matt Rhinewalt, M.D.
Aug. 16 “Provider/Clinician Burnout” Sandra Holmes, Ph.D.
Sept. 20 “Determining the Case for a Facility Security Program” Ken Wheeler
Oct. 18 “The Limits of Viability: Making End of Life Decisions at the Beginning of Life” Brain Darling, M.D.
Nov. 15 “Developing the Perfect Healthcare Plan With No Discrimination” Bruce Toppin, J.D.
Dec. 13 “Utilizing Care Studies to Review Ethical Challenges Facing Health Care Providers”
Stephen Southworth, M.D.

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, OT, SLP and LPC.

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