Conflicts of Conscience and Implications for Physicians' Gatekeeping Authority

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

The Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics presents: Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.B.E.

The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Houston Methodist, and Rice University Department of Philosophy established this international $10,000 award and named lectureship in Dr. Baruch Brody’s memory. This award recognizes junior and mid-career scholars who have made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics. Dr. Brody was one of America’s leading bioethicists, and this award honors someone in the field who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody’s scholarly life as well as work at the three sponsoring institutions.

CME Information

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Needs Statement

Staff physicians and other allied health professionals need to be regularly updated on the guidelines and challenges related to ethics consultation, clinical ethics practice and the role of ethics in shared clinical decision-making. The series aims to increase knowledge of the learners in these topic areas, and to provide the skills and tools for their implementation in clinical practice in order to enhance the quality of patient care.

Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how conflicts of conscience in medicine can be viewed through the lens of physician gatekeeping authority.
  • Differentiate physician refusals based on clinical expertise, professional ethics, and personal beliefs.
  • Describe reasons for and against accommodating physician conscience, and relevant constraints.
  • Assess a reduction of physicians’ gatekeeping authority as a potential solution to conflicts of conscience, with implications for other areas including access to prescription drugs.

Target Audience

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Nurses
  • Other Health Professionals

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for 1 credit of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Social Work: Baylor College of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education (License Number 7270) is an approved continuing education provider for Social Workers through the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.

This activity has been approved for 1 continuing education unit.This session is supported by Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist, and Rice University.

Program Director

  1. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

Term of Approval

July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. Original release date: July 1, 2020.

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Disclosures

The following individual(s) has/have reported financial or other relationship(s) with commercial entities whose products/services may relate to the educational content of this activity:

Presenter

  1. Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.B.E.

    Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.B.E.

    John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
    Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Program Director

  1. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

Planning Committee Members

  1. Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

    Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.

    Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  2. Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Savitri Fedson, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  3. David Garvis, Ph.D. Placeholder Image

    David Garvis, Ph.D.

    Clinical Ethicist
    Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

  4. Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.

    Claire Horner, J.D., M.A.

    Assistant Professor
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Disclosure:

    Nothing to disclose.

CME Credit Available

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Presenter:

  1. Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.B.E.

    Holly Fernandez Lynch, J.D., M.B.E.

    John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania