21st Annual Conference on Bioethics

When:  Nov 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (ET)

This conference will discuss situations in which medicine or physicians may do more harm than good. This may occur when incidental findings are uncovered, indolent diseases are treated aggressively, and treatments cause morbidity and mortality. A broad range of topics will be discussed including preventive medicine, the search for miracles, end of life care and genetic testing. 

This conference meets the one hour continuing medical education in medical ethics as required by the Board of Medicine for re-licensure.

8:45 am 
Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Presentation of Certification of Appreciation Award to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

Lauren B. Smith, MD, Chair, MSMS Committee on Bioethics; Department of Pathology, University of Michigan
Audrey J. Harvey, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation; and,Shauna Ryder-Diggs, MD, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation

9:00 – 10:00 am 
7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care
H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Community & Family Medicine, The Dartmouth Institute, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Adjunct Professor, Business Administration, Tuck School of Business and Adjunct Professor, Public Policy, Dartmouth College

10:00 – 11:00 am 
Responding to those who Hope for a MiracleDevan Stahl, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences, Department of Pediatrics & Human Development, Michigan State University

11:00 – 11:15 am   Break

11:15 am – 12:15 pm 
Whose Decision is it Anyway?  Code Status and the Unilateral DNAR
Adam Marks, MD, Associate Director of the Adult Palliative and Supportive Care Clinic, East Ann Arbor Health and Geriatrics Center, Adult Palliative Care Medical Director, Arbor Hospice

12:15 – 1:15 pm   Lunch  

1:15 – 2:15 pm 
Capacity for Preferences:  An Overlooked Factor in Ethical Dilemmas with Incapacitated Patients
Jason A. Wasserman, PhD, Associate Professor, Biomedical Science, Faculty Advisor on Professionalism, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; and,
Mark C. Navin, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

2:15 – 3:15 pm 
Over-treatment/Over-diagnosis of Genetic Testing
Michele Gornick, PhD, MA, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

3:15 – 3:30 pm   Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm   Case Studies

4:30 pm   
Closing Remarks 
Lauren B. Smith, MD, University of Michigan


Statement of Accreditation: The Michigan State Medical
Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council
for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing
medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Michigan
State Medical Society designates this live activity for
a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians
should claim only credit commensurate with
the extent of their participation in the activity.


MSMS Members: $195
Non-Members: $275
Bioethics Committee Members: $125
Retired Members: $125
Students: FREE


Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Caryl Markzon