Community Bioethics Presentations

The following are presentations, mainly in bioethics, which I have prepared for local and statewide audiences.

Panelist, “Ethicists’ Panel”, Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change, Portsmouth, NH, 6/17/2017

“Ethics Day”, 3 presentations on issues ranging from professionalism in clinical ethics to decision-making capacity, Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport, ME, 6/6/2017.

“Patient Literacy: Medical and Ethical Concerns”, Biomedical Ethics Grand Rounds, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/15/2017

“Clinical Ethics for Today’s Healthcare Professionals”, Ethical Considerations in Healthcare presented by Acadia Hospital, Spectacular Events Center, Bangor, ME, 5/15/2017

“Decision-making Capacity in Nursing Practice”, Eastern Maine Medical Center Nurse Residency Program, 4/18/2017 and 5/9/2017

“Ethical Issues in Orthopedics”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/27/2017

“It’s not just picking classes: Advising for recruitment, retention and alumni engagement”, CLAS Advising Workshop, University of Maine, 2/22/17

“When Cultural and Philosophical Differences Clash with Standard Medical Care: A Difficult Case” Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 2/9/17

“Medicine and the humanities”, Bangor Humanities Day, University of Maine Museum of Art, 1/27/17

Conflicts Over Prognosis Between the Care Team and Surrogate Decision-Makers”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/11/17

“Parenting Style or Child Neglect? A Case Study in Clinical Ethics”, University of Maine, 11/29/2016

“Hospice Volunteering: Ethical Issues”, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Bangor Maine, 11/07/2016

“A Tool for Solving Ethical Dilemmas”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/9/2016

Co-organizer and presenter: 1st Annual EMMC Regional Hospital Ethics Roundtable (A half-day networking and educational event attended by over 50 ethics committee members and chairs from 15 Maine hospitals), 10/21/16

“Stigma Against Mental, Substance Use Disorders Persists: How to Respond”,  Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/11/16

“Clinical Ethics in Community Hospitals”, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth, ME, 9/8/16

“Influenza Vaccine and Healthcare Workers: Clinical, Legal and Ethical Challenges”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/11/16

“Social Media and Medicine: Clinical, Legal and Ethical Challenges”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/23/16

“Physician Assisted Suicide and Hospice”, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Bangor, Maine, 11/26/15

“Medical Futility: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Issues,” Eastern Maine Medical Center”, 11/18/15

“Ethical Issues for Hospice Volunteers”, Hospice of Eastern Maine, Bangor, Maine, 11/10/15

“Conflict of Interest and Moral Distress”,  Maine Women Infants and Children Annual Meeting, MaineGeneral Health, Augusta, Maine, 10/26/15

“How to better see the person in the patient?”, Schwartz Center Rounds, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 6/18/15

“How Should You Respond When a Provider Has Given Questionable Care?”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/13/15

“Nurse Professionalism in an Era of Health Reform”, Nurses Week, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 4/27/15

“Maintaining Professionalism and Encouraging Responsibility in an Age of Fragmented Health Care”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/20/15

“The Healthcare Provider’s Responsibilities During an Ebola Epidemic”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/14/15

“Hospital Care Communication and Inter-Professional Collaboration Clinical and Ethical Issues”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/12/14

“Social Work Leadership in Ethics and Ethics in Social Work Leadership”, Maine Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, Annual Meeting, Waterville, ME, 10/18/14

“Moral Distress: Identifying and Addressing a Common Ailment for Healthcare Workers”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/10/14

“Ethical Issues in Hospital Chaplaincy Services”, Acadia Hospital, Bangor, ME, 5/30/14

“PICC lines in Patients with Addiction: Should We Treat Them Differently?”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/12/14

“Physician Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying: Ethical Issues”, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, 2/4/14

“Physician Assisted Suicide/Aid in Dying, Ethical Issues”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/8/14

“Trust in Health Care in Times of Change”, with Frank Chessa, PhD, Hanley Center for Health Leadership, Augusta, ME, 12/5/13

“Workplace Violence: Individual and Institutional Responses,” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/13/13

“The Determination of Patient Decision Making Capacity when the Patient Refuses to Communicate Directly with Physician Providers – Medical and Ethical Concerns,” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/11/13

“Should a 60 year-old man have a PSA test? Ethical Screening in the Age of the Affordable Care Act”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/6/13

“The Compassionate Care of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) Patient and their Significant Other”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/9/13

“EMMC Ethics Consultation Service – How Does it Work?”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/14/12

“The Determination of ‘Terminal Illness’ at the Bedside”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/12/12

“Ethics in Breastfeeding”, Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Conference, 5/18/12

“DNR Orders and Surgery”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/9/12

“Bioethics in a Family Practice Setting”, 20th Annual Maine Academy of Family Physicians Medicine Update, 4/12/12

“Is It Safe to Discharge This Mentally Impaired Patient? – Medical, Legal and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/9/12

“The Meaning of Death and End of Life Care”, (with Prof. Kirsten Jacobson), Spring Seminar, UMaine Humanities Initiative, 2/13/12

“Informed consent and the Jehovah’s Witness Patient”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/11/12

“Compassionate Care of the Obese Patient”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/16/11

“When the Patient is a Friend”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/14/11

“Popular Culture and Bioethics”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/12/11

“Ethical Issues in Dementia”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/9/11

“Ethical issues in the OR”, Nurse Anesthesia Week Presentation, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/24/11

“The Language of Death and Dying”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/12/2011

“The Language of Death and Dying”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/12/2011

“Suicide Attempts and Treatment Refusals”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/20/10

Keynote Address, Nurse Anesthesia of Maine, Annual Conference, Bangor, ME, 10/30/10

“The Affordable Care Act and Rural Health: Ethical Issues for Maine”, Health Reach Ethics Event, Waterville, ME, 10/7/10

“Maine’s New Medical Marijuana Law: Ethical Aspects”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/8/10

“What is the Good in Bioethics?”, 4th Annual Camden Philosophical Society Conference, Camden, ME, 5/24/10

“Ethical Issues in the Care of Breastfeeding Mothers”, Breastfeeding Through Life Challenges, Wells Conference Center, Orono, ME, 5/14/2010

“Ethical Issues in Advance Health Care Planning”, Clifford Eames Center, Bangor, Maine, 5/5/10.

“What Factors Delay Timely Provider/Patient End-of-Life Care Discussion?”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/5/10

“Waxing and Waning Decision Making Capacity”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/10/2010

“Medicine 2.0: The use of Social Networking Sites in the Hospital: Part 2”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/15/10

“Medicine 2.0: The use of Social Networking Sites in the Hospital: Part 1”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/15/09

“Ethical Issues in Hospice Volunteering”, Hospice of Eastern Maine, 10/10/09

“Cultural Diversity and Clinical Ethics: Focus on Native Americans in Maine”, with Pamella Hand, RN, MBA, Clinical Ethics in Maine Conference, Bangor, ME, 9/21/09

“Bioethics in Rural Settings”, Clinical Ethics in Maine Conference, Bangor, ME, 9/21/09

“Organ Donation and Brain Death”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/15/09

“Quick Tools for Addressing Ethical Dilemmas”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/21/09

“When Patients Make Bad Choices”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/12/09

“Ethics At The End of Life”, Hospice of Eastern Maine, 1/24/09

“The Limits of Surrogate Decision Making”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/12/09

“Firing a Patient”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/14/08

“Bioethics: History, and Current issues”, Rotary Club of Bangor, 10/10/08

“Futility and Social Justice”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/14/08.

“When an Adolescent Jehovah’s Witness Refuses to be Transfused”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/19/08.

“The Global Outsourcing of Medical Care” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/9/08.

“Ethics in Psychiatric Care”, Acadia Hospital, 11/ 28/07.

“The New Ethics Advisory Committee at EMMC: Structure, Function, Mission and Goals”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, November 14, 2007 and 11/29/07.

“Bioethics in a Rural Setting”, Clinical Ethics in Maine, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, 10/11/07.

“Justice in Allocating Blood Products”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/12/07.

“Patient Survival vs. Meaningful Recovery”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/9/07.

“Drug samples: Medical, Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/14/07.

“Some Ethical Issues in the Assisted Living Setting”, Phillips-Strickland House, Bangor, ME, 2/22/07.

“Alternative/Complementary/Integrative Medicine: the Health Care Provider’s Responsibilities”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/10/07.

“Ethical of Addiction Research and Treatment”, Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, Bangor, ME, 1/5/07.

“Neuro-ethics: Current Issues”, Neurology Associates of Eastern Maine, Bangor, ME, 1/12/07.

“Bioethics for the Neurologist”, Neurology Associates of Eastern Maine, Bangor, ME, 12/3/06.

“The New AMA Code of Ethics: the End of Therapeutic Privilege?” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/8/06.

“Responding Ethically to the Difficult Patient: Medical, Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/13/06.

“The Ethics of Pandemic Preparedness”, Maine Center for Public Health, Portland, ME, 6/10/06.

“Pandemic Preparedness: Medical, Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/8/06.

“Informed Consent in Pediatric Care: Medical, Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/11/06.

“Trust, Method, and Moral Progress in Feminist Bioethics”, Invited Colloquium, Colby College, Waterville, ME, 11/17/05.

“The Composition, Roles and Functions of Hospital Ethics Committees: A Cross-Institutional Analysis,” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/10/05.

“Genetic Enhancement: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/14/05.

“Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project”, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, University of Maine, 10/3/05.

Keynote address, “Enhancing Ethical Reflection: Concepts of Health for the Geriatric Patient”, Aging in Maine: Cultural and Practical Implications, 15th Annual Rural Geriatric Conference, Bar Harbor, ME, 6/2/05.

“New Tools for Enhancing Ethical Reflection”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/11/05.

“Staying Sane in a Faculty Position”, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maine, 4/19/05.

“Bioethics in the Classroom, at the Bedside”, Health Professions Club, University of Maine, 4/14/05.

“Patient Responsibilities and Physician Rights: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/12/05.

“‘Why did you love drugs more than me?’: Dis/Trust Among Imprisoned Mothers, their Children, and the State”, Women in the Curriculum Luncheon Series, University of Maine 12/7/04.

“Neurological Enhancement: Medical and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/10/04.

“Ethics and Good Business,” College of Business, Public Policy and Health, University of Maine, 10/5/04.

“Voluntary Stopping of Nutrition and Hydration,” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/8/04.

“Medical Ethics and End of Life Care: Interpreting Pope John Paul II’s recent remarks on life-sustaining treatment and the vegetative state”, address to On-Call Clergy, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/27/04.

“Should Primary Care Physicians Seek Advance Directive for Healthy Patients?” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/12/04.

“Germline Gene Therapy: Society vs. the Individual”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/9/04.

“Partial DNR Orders: Medical, Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/14/04.

“The Ethics of Treating Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury”, The Rehab Center at Brewer, Brewer, ME 1/6/04.

“Pharmacological Paralysis and Withdrawal of Mechanical Ventilation at the End of Life: Ethical and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center,11/12/03.

“When the Physician Questions Patient Drug Abuse or Diversion: Legal and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/10/03.

“Health Care: Is it a Right or a Privilege?” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/14/03.

“Are We Medical Care Providers or Are We Forensic Investigators?”, 9th Annual Child Welfare Conference, Bangor Civic Center, 4/30/03.

“Kant and Neo-Kantians on Trust in Moral Theory”, Colloquium Series, Department of Philosophy, University of Maine, 2/20/03.

“DNR Status and Aggressive Care: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/8/03.

“Nonheartbeating Organ Donation: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Concerns”,
Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/13/02.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Feminist Ethics”, Women in the Curriculum Lecture Series, University of Maine, 11/12/02.

“When is ‘Dead’?: The Ethics and Politics of Declaring Death in the U.S.”  Marxist-Socialist Luncheon Series, University of Maine, 10/3/02.

“The Line Between Palliative Sedation and Euthanasia: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/5/02.

“The Ethics of Rationing Health Care: Is it Time for the Single Payer System?” Eastern Maine Medical Center, 5/8/02.

“Decision Making Capacity: Medical, Ethical, and Legal Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 3/13/02.

“Brain Death Criteria: Medical, Legal and Ethical Concerns”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 1/9/02.

“Stem Cells: Research and Ethics”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 11/14/01.

“The Impact of Islam upon Truth Telling in a Western Society”, Eastern Maine Medical Center, 9/19/01.

“Trust and Feminist Theory”, Northeast Florida Gender Studies Consortium, 10/12/99.

“The Legal and Moral Significance of Proposed Changes to Florida’s End-of-Life Statutes”, Baptist/St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, 3/10/99.

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