Medical Ethics Conference 2019

How Futile is Futile? An Ethical Discussion of Non-Beneficial Medical Treatment

Friday, May 17, 2019
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center
and Legacy Theatre at Cumberland Woods

Providing care which is non-beneficial to patients at end of life has implications for patients, families, health care providers and the health care delivery system. Learn what the obligation is for providers and strategies to discuss care with patients and families. Discussion on how spirituality impacts decision making. 

Open to all healthcare professionals and clinicians, (physicians, nurses, social workers, care/case man- agers), as well as attorneys and paralegals.  Continuing education credits will be issued.  View the course brochure for more information.

This half day education conference is sponsored by Passavant Hospital Foundation, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center for Continuing Health Sciences and UPMC Department of Anesthesiology on Friday May 17, 2019 at .

This program is free of charge but online registration is required.  Visit (course ID 7863) to register.

Medical Ethics Conference 2015

Medical Ethics

Ethical and Legal Dilemmas:
Common Bedside Challenges

This informative all-day continuing education program was held on October 30, 2015 at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center and Legacy Theatre with a full house of 220 attendees. It was open and free to all healthcare professional and clinicians (physicians, nurses, social workers, care/case managers) as well as clergy, attorneys and paralegals.

Those in attendance heard national and local experts on the many issues surrounding ethical decision making in healthcare. Presentations were geared to help frontline providers develop strategies to deal with scenarios encountered on a daily basis that require an understanding of legal and ethical concepts, toward the goal of supporting patients and their families through real-life situations encountered today. 

Keynote speaker - Audiey C. Kao, MD, PhD
Vice President, Ethics Group, AMA Journal of Ethics

Featured Presenter - Stuart J. Youngner, M.D.
President, Association of Bioethics Program Directors
Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Presenter - Denise Stahl, MSN, ACHPN 
Chief Clinical Director, Optum Center for Palliative and Supportive Care

Presenter - Andrew Thurston, MD
Medical Director of Palliative Care, UPMC Mercy

Presenter - Kathy Detar Gennuso DHCE, MSBLE
CEO ICBioethics 

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Medical Ethics conference 2014

2014 CONFERENCE: On March 28, 2014 Passavant Hospital Foundation hosted a Medical Ethics Conference in the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre. There were 244 attendees from the medical, legal, social work and religious professions. 

The day-long conference featured four guest speakers. Richard Kidwell, Esq, Senior Associate Counsel/ Vice President of Risk Management, UPMC spoke on “End of Life Decisions” and again on “Legal Solutions to Ethical Conflicts.”  Robert Arnold, MD, Director Institute for Doctor-Patient Communication, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine lectured on “Handling the Difficult Patient and Family.”  David Kelly, PhD, Founding Director, Duquesne University Healthcare Ethics Center presented “Medical Futility...Who Decides to Stop Treatment?” Mark Wicclair, PhD, Department of Philosophy, West Virginia University addressed “Conscientious Objection in Health Care.”