Course Description:

Hospital Ethics Committees generally have 3 functions:  (1) education, (2) policy review, and (3) case consultation. This course is designed to address that 3rd function, case consultation. We will discuss some of the more common issues that lead to requests for consultation in clinical ethics and offer some procedural assistance in providing consultations.

CE credit hours are available.

Course Objectives:

By completing this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Articulate several basic concepts and principles of clinical ethics
  2. Apply these concepts and principles to specific cases
  3. Describe the basic steps in clinical ethics consultation
  4. Construct a case report with case analysis suitable for inclusion in the patient’s medical record

Course Instructor:

Dr. Orr received his M.D.,C.M. from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine, and practiced in Vermont for 18 years. Since completing a fellowship in clinical ethics at the University of Chicago, he has taught clinical ethics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (CA), the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Graduate College at Union University (NY), and Trinity International University (IL). He is currently Professor of Medical Ethics and Consultant in Clinical Ethics at Loma Linda University in southern California. He lectures widely and has co-authored or co-edited 6 books, 11 book chapters, and over 150 articles on ethics, ethics consultation, and end-of-life care. His awards include the Vermont Family Doctor of the Year (1989), the Isaac Hayes and John Bell Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism (AMA, 1999), Scholar in Residence at the Kilns (CS Lewis Foundation, 2006) and the Servant of Christ Award (Christian Medical and Dental Associations, 2009). His most recent book is Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009).

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