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HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

In 2013, there were a number of new educational initiatives worthy of highlighting:

  • Ethics for Residents Series.  In response to an increased desire for ethics education for residents, various ethics educational sessions have been created for specific practice specialties. For psychiatry residents, The Center for Biomedical Ethics offers a monthly round-table ethics discussion featuring topics, such as noncompliant patients, refusing treatment, involuntary treatment, and covert treatment. For family medicine residents, the Center for Biomedical Ethics periodically presents on foundational ethics concepts, such as autonomy, nonmaleficence, and beneficence. Ethics presentations are also given for resident nurses.
  • Professional Boundaries Seminars. In response to concerns related to both social-media and non-social-media specific boundary issues, over 14 presentations have been conducted for OB/GYN and NICU nurses to emphasize the ethical components of maintaining and managing professional boundaries with patients and their families.
  • Continuing Education - Bioethics @ Noon Seminar Series. Bioethics @ Noon is a monthly seminar series that was created in January 2012. Attendance at presentations earns doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other health care professionals continuing education units in ethics. The program invites health care professionals and students from various disciplines to present on a wide variety of topics. Some of the topic areas that have been covered include surrogate decision making, reproductive ethics, research ethics, end-of-life decision making, futility, professional boundaries, pharmacy ethics, religion and Bioethics, and law and Bioethics.

The Clinical Ethics Program has also offered or participated in the following selected educational sessions for health professionals and others at MetroHealth, CWRU, and outside the MH system:

David F. Essi, “Conscientious Objections,” Bioethics @ Noon, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, July 2013.

Mark P. Aulisio, “You Know Not the Day, Nor the Hour: Why Planning for End of Life Decisions Matters,”Mercy Regional Medical Center and Mercy Allen Medical Center (Oberlin via webinar), Lorain, Ohio, May 2013.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Capacity and Competency,” MetroHealth’s 5th Annual Geriatrics Nursing Conference, Hyatt Regency, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2013.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Surrogacy and Informed Consent,” MetroHealth Dermatology Retreat, MetroHealth Medical Center, May 2013.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Nursing Ethics,” Nurse Resident Orientation, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2013.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Ethics and the Business of Healthcare: Till Death Do Us Part,” American College of Healthcare Executives of Northern Ohio, Parma General Hospital, Parma, Ohio, March 2013.

Mark P. Aulisio, “You Know Not the Day, Nor the Hour: Why Planning for End of Life Decisions Matters,” First Friday Speakers Forum of Lorain County, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio, March 2013.

David F. Essi, “Relationship between PhRMA and Physicians,” Clinical Ethics: Theory & Practice, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, March 2013.

David F. Essi, “PhRMA and the Medical Professional,” Bioethics @ Noon, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, March 2013.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Empathy and the Health Professional-Patient Relationship,” Clinical Ethics: Theory & Practice, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, February 2013.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Nursing Ethics,” Nurse Resident Orientation, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, February 2013.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Ethics and Professionalism: The Role of Personal Values in Professional Life,” Ethics Grand Rounds, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, Ohio, January 2013.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Compounding Tragedy: The Dangerous Dynamics of Health Professional-Patient/Parent Communication in Hard Cases,” Perinatal Loss Workshop, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, December 2012.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Guidelines for Frequent Fliers: Dealing with Chronically Non-Adherent Patients,” Ethics Grand Rounds, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, Ohio, November 2012.

Monica L. Gerrek, “Capacity and Competency,” Fall Nursing Conference, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, October 2012.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Autonomy and Beneficence: Case Discussions,” Intensive Course in Medical Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism, Office of Continuing Education, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, September 2012.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Compounding Tragedy: The Dangerous Dynamics of Health Professional-Patient/Parent Communication in Hard Cases,” Perinatal Loss Workshop, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2012.

Mark P. Aulisio, “What We Would Not Choose, We Would Never Give Back:
Reflections on the Life of Baby Emma,” First Friday Forum of Cuyahoga County, City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2012.

Mark P. Aulisio, “Autonomy and Beneficence: Why Informed Consent Matters,” Intensive Course in Medical Ethics, Boundaries and Professionalism, Office of Continuing Education, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, February 2012.