Conversations About Ethics

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Ethical Issues in Interprofessional Spiritual Care

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM

A discussion of ethical challenges for all clinicians including chaplains in the provision of spiritual care as well as the responsibilities of systems and individuals in attending to suffering.

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Attending to Suffering: Fostering Inner Growth as Part of the Professional Formation of Clinicians

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM

This talk will review the concepts of being present to patients’ suffering, what is needed in professional development to be able to do that and will describe an innovative program currently used in medical schools called GWish-Templeton Reflection Rounds which is a competency based program in spirituality and health.

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Drug Dealer MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop

Anna Lembke, MD

Dr. Anna Lembke will uncover the unseen forces driving opioid addiction nationwide. ... But perhaps the most frightening aspect of the prescription drug epidemic is that it's built on well-meaning doctors treating patients with real problems.

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Reclaiming Balance in a Dopamine Saturated World

Anna Lembke, MD

Dr. Anna Lembke presents a provocative look at our dopamine-saturated world, the addiction it fuels and her thoughts on how we might regain balance in our lives.

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The Ethics of Tragedy: Families, Childbirth and Maternal Mortality

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., a leading bioethicist and Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School

There is a rising trend of maternal mortality which raises serious ethical and moral issues about our care for women and their families. This talk will describe this trend and its impact. We will explore the religious and Scriptural sources for our concern, and reflect on some of the social choices that have contributed to these cases.

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The Thief of the Future: The Ethical Puzzle of Maternal Mortality

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., a leading bioethicist and Dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School

Texas' maternal mortality rate is the highest in not only the U.S., but the developed world. Dr. Laurie Zoloth will explore the ethical issues of this trend and discuss the validity of different approaches to address the problem and the values that undergird possible solutions.

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Ethical Issues In Palliative Care: Skilled Conversations

Palliative care comes alongside families, as an invited guest, to walk with them through what can be a painfully difficult journey. It offers a support system that affirms life and regards dying as a normal process and helps individuals and families cope with the difficulties of living with chronic disease.

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