Conversations About Ethics

The Ethics of Physician-Assisted Suicide

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD

A discussion of ethical challenges in the provision of physician-assisted suicide.

Evening Lecture: Ezekiel Emanuel, MD,will speak on the most common reasons patients request physician assisted suicide and the ethical concerns in physician decision making.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn precise definitions for terminology used in international discussions of physician-assisted suicide.
  • Ability to discuss the most common reasons patients request physician-assisted.
  • Learn to articulate several ethical concerns related to physician-assisted suicide and discuss whether these need additional research.


CME: The UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept certificates of attendance for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare professionals receiving a certificate of attendance should consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance. 

†This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

CEU: The Ecumenical Center is approved by the State of Texas to provide continuing education for LPC, LMFT and Social Workers. The evening lecture is approved for 1 CEU and the luncheon keynote is approved for 1.5 CEU.


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Resource List

This resource list brings together websites, videos, audio recordings, books, and articles to supplement the workshop and lecture.

By Our Speaker

Dipping Your Toe (Introductory Information)

Wading Waist High (Intermediate Resources)

Taking a Deep Dive (Advanced Materials)

Access to Materials

Freely available Online
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