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Press Release: Bioethics Society at DeSales Inaugurates Winter Ethics Colloquium
Date: 1/6/2005

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The Baranzano Society on bioethics will host a "Winter Ethics Colloquium" for medical and surgical residents in Lehigh Valley Hospitals on Friday, January 14, at DeSales. The inaugural colloquium, "Conscience and/or Career?," will focus on strategies for balancing personal ethics, career choices and institutional practices in healthcare. The half-day series of workshops, funded in part through a grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at various locations on the DeSales Center Valley campus.

The colloquium is designed to provide a forum for dialogue about ethical issues in the medical profession. It will address the core competency of professionalism, as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. Faculty and residents enrolled in ACGME post-graduate programs in the Lehigh Valley can attend the colloquium free of charge. To date, 50 faculty and students from Lehigh Valley, Sacred Heart, and St. Luke's hospitals have registered for the program.

The schedule of activities include:

At 7:30 a.m., registration and breakfast in the DeSales University Center food court.

At 8:30 a.m., opening remarks and overview provided by Rev. Peter Leonard, OSFS, president of the Baranzano Society and associate professor of natural science at DeSales, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Science Center auditorium.

From 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., plenary presentations on professional ethics, also in the Hurd Science Center auditorium. Featured speakers are John Bruhn, Ph.D., former provost at Penn State and a nationally recognized consultant in healthcare ethics, and James Reilly, M.D., an Allentown resident and director of trauma at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Bruhn will address the issues of autonomy and trust in the doctor-patient relationship. Reilly will focus on conflicts that can arise, and boundaries that need to be respected, in the healthcare professions, especially in the fast-paced world of today's hospitals.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., students and faculty will have the opportunity for small group case studies designated by medical specialty, in Campbell Hall.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the program will conclude with a panel presentation on issues that arise from the discussions in the Hurd Science Center auditorium.

At 12:30 p.m., lunch will be provided in the University Center food court.

Press Release: Bioethics Society at DeSales Inaugurates Winter Ethics Colloquium | Posted on: 1/6/2005

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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