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February 27, 2013

This program, jointly sponsored by the Metropolitan Ethics Network and the Social Work section at NYAM, will explore the issues raised by incapacitated patients who refuse recommended medical care.

June 20, 2011

The Family Health Care Decisions Act (“FHCDA”) fills a longstanding gap in New York law by providing a framework for surrogate decision-making for incapacitated patients where there is no healthcare proxy and the patient’s prior wishes are unknown. Join leading area policymakers and bioethicists for a discussion of the law its impact on decision-making and bioethics consultation in the first year since its passage.

May 11, 2011

Conversations with patients and their families about care options at the end of life are often difficult for even the most seasoned professionals, yet such conversations are essential to patient care and empowerment. With the Palliative Care Information Act, New York State seeks to ensure that each willing patient diagnosed with terminal illness receives the information they need about the care options available to them. Please join our panel to learn more about this groundbreaking legislation and its history, purpose, implementation, and the challenges it presents. 

December 6, 2010

Featuring speakers Joyce A. Leahy, Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel, Maimonides Medical Center, and Dr. Eugenia Siegler, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College.

May 20, 2010
NYAM and The Metropolitan Ethics Network presents: "Research with Incapacitated Adults: Regulatory Challenges and Perspectives from New York State and Federal Policymakers" with the Senior Vice President and Medical Director of the March of Dimes, Alan Fleischman, MD as moderator.
January 12, 2010
NYAM and The Metropolitan Ethics Network Present Ethics Grand Rounds: The Minimally Conscious State: Challenges to Bioethics and Patient Care" with Joseph J. Fins, M.D. F.A.C.P.
October 22, 2009
"Medical Futility at the Bedside: More Sophisticated Technology, More Difficult Ethical Dilemmas"

The translation of the concept of medical futility into hospital policy and practice continues to present novel ethical challenges for care providers, especially as technological advances create new treatment possibilities at the end of life. The session will begin with a case presentation, followed by a discussion of theoretical, practical and legal considerations, and conclude with an example of a hospital futility policy.

June 8, 2009
Speakers will discuss the issue of organ donation after cardiac death, a method of procuring organs from donors who meet the cardiopulmonary criteria for death rather than the traditional brain death approach. Included in the discussion, panelists will discuss the history of defining death as it relates to organ donation, the state and local need for organs for patients awaiting transplants, the approach to donation after cardiac death in New York State, and the ethical issues raised by this controversial practice.
January 12, 2009
Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook, Jeffrey T. Berger, MD, FACP, will be presenting his case: "Should Palliative Sedation to Unconsciousness be Limited to a Treatment of Last Resort?" at the Ethics Grand Rounds.
November 5, 2008
Schedule of Events:
  • Registration and Light Refreshments from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Case Presentation and Discussion from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    For more information please contact

  • September 16, 2008
    "Must We Always Listen to the Health Care Proxy? Can We Define the Tipping Point of Unreasonableness?"

    A special case presentation on the wife-proxy of a 66 year old man with traumatic brain injury requests removal of life support despite reasonably good chances for the patient's complete recovery.

    Schedule of Events:

  • Registration and Light Refreshments from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Case Presentation and Discussion from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    For more information contact Amy Kline (212)419-3644,

  • June 7, 2007

    The protection of human subjects of research is a shared responsibility of investigators, academic institutions, and federal regulatory agencies. This program will discuss several contemporary issues in human subjects’ protection, and provide recommendations for best practices in these areas. Following a keynote address by Dr. Bernard Schwetz, Director of the Office for Human Research Protections of the Department of Health and Human Services, distinguished authorities in medical ethics will share their views on Genetics Research and Tissue Banking, Research Involving Incapacitated Adults, and Stem Cells and Embryos—Human Subjects? with each speaker to be followed by expert commentary and general discussion. Please click on the program heading above to view more information about the program schedule and speakers.

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