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Unpacking Bedside Bioethics, Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Withdrawing and Withholding: Distinctions and Controversies in End of Life Care

  • Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, HEC-C, University of Minnesota
  • Justin Penny, DO, MA, HEC-C, University of Minnesota
Surveys report that 60% of physicians reported that it was more ethically problematic and psychologically difficult to withdraw life-sustaining interventions than to withhold them (Chung et al). Is there a meaningful ethical difference…
Unpacking Bedside Bioethics Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024, Noon - 1 pm

The Angst in Adolescent Decision-Making

  • Ian Wolfe, PhD, MA, RN, HEC-C, Children's Minnesota
Medical decision-making involving adolescents can offer many challenges. As children age we want them to be more involved in decisions regarding their bodies and about their care. Because adolescents are not yet completely adults, there…


Unpacking Bedside Bioethics Tuesday, Nov 14, 2023, Noon - 1 pm

Conscientious Objection: The Pharmacist’s Right to Refuse to Fill Contraceptive Prescriptions

  • Tim Stratton, PhD, RPh, FAPhA, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Can a pharmacist ethically refuse to honor a woman’s request to refill a prescription for contraceptives, even if the patient has refills available? Can a pharmacist ethically refuse to fill a prescription for emergency contraception?…
Unpacking Bedside Bioethics Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023 Noon - 1 pm

When Can Clinicians Refuse an AMA Discharge Request? The Ethical Challenge of AMA Discharges and Involuntary Hospitalization

  • Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C, University of Minnesota
Conflicts between ethical commitments to respect patient autonomy and to prevent avoidable harms to patients arise when patients try to leave the hospital before it is safe to leave. On one hand, involuntary hospitalization is a serious…
Unpacking Bedside Bioethics Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Noon - 1 pm

Standards for Surrogate Decision-Making

  • Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH, University of Minnesota
This session of Unpacking Bedside Bioethics dives deep into the process of surrogate decision-making. Building on the previous session “'Who Ya Gonna Call?' When Your Patients Can’t Decide by Themselves," this session will explore what…
Tuesday 14th Feb. 2023 12:15 - 1:15 pm Unpacking Bedside Bioethics

Informed Consent: Beyond "Consenting" the Patient

  • Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Miriam Shapiro, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School
Informed consent is a critical piece of respecting a patient’s autonomy. Only if a patient or surrogate understands the risks, benefits, and alternatives to proposed health care can they adequately evaluate whether that health care is…


Tuesday 8th Nov. 2022 12:15 - 1:15 pm Unpacking Bedside Bioethics

“Who Ya Gonna Call?” When Your Patients Can’t Decide by Themselves

  • Joan Henriksen, PhD, RN, HEC-C, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
In daily clinical practice, care decisions must be made even when patients lack capacity to independently provide informed consent and shared decision-making. If the patient has not named someone to speak for them, it can become a…
Tuesday 20th Sept. 2022 12:15 - 1:15 pm Unpacking Bedside Bioethics

The True Role of Autonomy in Medicine

  • Joel Wu, JD, MPH, MA, HEC-C, University of Minnesota
Respect for patient autonomy is not as simple as doing what patients say they want. As clinicians, we also have an obligation to use our skill for the benefit of patients, to not cause harm, & to care for all of our patients in ways…
Wednesday 25th May 2022 12:15- 1:15 pm Zoom Unpacking Bedside Bioethics

Demystifying Decision-Making Capacity

  • Jaime Konerman-Sease, PhD, University of Minnesota
Decision making capacity is a critical piece of working out how to respect a patient's autonomy. Determination of decision-making capacity lies in the hands of clinicians. While the idea of determining if a patient can make decisions might…