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October 21, 2014

North Dakota Personhood Amendment - Impact on End-of-Life Care

On November 4, North Dakota residents will vote on eight ballot initiatives, one of which would amend the state constitution. If passed, the ballot initiative would add a new section to article I of the North Dakota Constitution:  "The ...
October 20, 2014

Multidisciplinary Learning for Medical Students

<p><span style="line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">The clerkship years of medical school expose students to a range of specialties medical practitioners may select as an area of advanced study during residency. Pediatrics, surgery, general medicine, radiology, psychiatry, and more are part of the array of educational exposures students gain from during these rotations. As an educator facilitating discussion groups which provide the opportunity for reflection, questioning, and connecting expectations to the actual experiences, I have found that there are gaps in understanding the roles of other personnel that are essential to the physician role, but not always well defined. As we strive to encourage future physicians to do their best to understand that the business of medicine takes a small village of practitioners in order to work best, we do too little to help them learn the perspective of these other providers. Lectures and readings may offer some insight, but the street-level day to day operations may be a bit of a mystery. I propose clerkship years include time spent working alongside professionals beyond physicians such as pharmacists, billing specialists, security guards, social workers, lab technicians, and visiting nurses. While learners may not be able to fully walk in the shoes of other essential staff members, but being alongside another who is willing to teach and share the tasks, the struggles and rewards of their position. Many med students will someday be in position to lead large groups of staff members in clinics, hospitals, and private offices. Recognizing the unique roles, strengths, and limitations of the non-physicians who contribute to the day to day operations of our vast healthcare industry will help build well rounded doctors who are prepared to be effective leaders. </span></p> <p><strong style="color: #34405b; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.0400009155273px;">The Alden March Bioethics Institute offers a Master of Science in Bioethics, a Doctorate of Professional Studies in Bioethics, and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation. For more information on AMBI's online graduate programs, please visit our <a style="color: #000099; text-decoration: underline;" href="http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/index.cfm">website</a>.</strong></p>
October 20, 2014

Jean Davies - Successful VSED

Octogenarian Jean Davies, who is also a right-to-die campaigner, successfully used VSED to hasten her death.   She stopped drinking water on 16 September and passed away on 1 October.  (Sunday Times; Independent; Guardian). The fo...
October 19, 2014

VSED Interview - Not Here by Choice with Phyllis Shacter

The End-of-Life University has an online interview series that provides valuable resources and inspiration for the end of life.   On October 23, 2013 (1:00 ET), join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Phyllis Shacter, an advocate for natural dying thr...
October 18, 2014

"Brain Death" : Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria

The Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium (SCBCC) in collaboration with LMU Bioethics Institute is presenting "'Brain Death' - Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria." This is a half-day confe...
October 18, 2014

Jahi McMath Family Gathering Better Evidence Refuting Death Diagnosis

In an October 8 filing with the Alameda County Superior Court, Jahi McMath's family has acknowledged Dr. Fisher's concerns and criticisms with the evidence that it presented earlier this month.   In response, the McMath family has asked the court...
October 18, 2014

What If You Had To Keep PAYING Life Support Machine To Stay Alive?

In this short proof-of-concept film a woman copes with a terminal illness while a machine keeps her alive. And whenever time is up, her lover must pump more money into the machine. Director Jason Ho and his co-writer Andrew Post are hoping to tur...
October 18, 2014

Where Have All the Heroes Gone…?

The response of the CDC earlier this week to the development of Ebola in a Dallas nurse illuminates another sad consequence of the rise of bureaucratic medicine. In their very disturbing response to this tragic incident, the CDC arrogantly announced—prior to any investigation and without adequate evidence–that the cause of the transmission of the Ebola virus to Nina Pham, the nurse involved in the care... // Read More »
October 18, 2014

Barbara Mancini Assisted Suicide Case

Pennsylvania nurse Barbara Mancini was prosecuted for allegedly helping her terminally ill, 93-year-old father overdose on a bottle of morphine. While the charges were ultimately dismissed, the prosecution harmed Barbara, her father, her family, hospic...
October 17, 2014

Metaphor: Shopping

Story: a white couple ordered sperm from a sperm bank, stipulating that it be from a white man, for artificial insemination; however, in the delivery room, it was immediately apparent that they didn’t get what they ordered, as their newborn daughter was mixed-race. The couple is now suing the sperm bank for $50,000. In Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune, columnist Dahleen Glanton wrote a commentary on this... // Read More »