Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist offer weeklong bioethics course

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In your everyday job as a health care professional, do you encounter ethical issues or challenges? For instance, do you frequently wonder how best to facilitate end-of-life conversations and decision making, or do you wonder what might make for effective mediation skills to resolve a value-based dispute between stakeholders and move a case along?

Are you interested in learning foundational ethics content and how to apply it in a clinical setting?

Would you like to develop the skills to conduct an ethics consultation, run or participate as a member of an ethics committee, conduct mediation between stakeholders and write effective hospital policies?

Would you like to learn how leadership from various hospitals value clinical ethics consultation services?

Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital are offering a weeklong intensive bioethics training course, which will provide formal training in clinical ethics consultation May 11-15, 2015. This course is practical, with a focus on issues that are applicable to all types of health care professions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates and patient representatives, risk managers, hospital administrators and health care attorneys. Our focus is especially on members of ethics committees or those who have an interest in becoming members of ethics committees or ethics consultants, although we believe this course would be helpful for any health care professional who encounters ethical challenges.

The course is led by nationally recognized experts in bioethics, who will address concerns raised in our health care system every day. Its learner-centered model promotes sessions to be customized to individual needs and encourages participants to exchange ideas with ethics personnel from a wide variety of facilities across the United States. This unique and clinically-focused course will cover core medical ethics content and how to apply this knowledge in the clinical setting — through conducting independent consultations, providing recommendations, developing and conducting meetings of ethics committees, developing and reviewing hospital or systemwide bioethics policies and conducting mediation and other skills-based consultative activities — by way of lectures, workshops, small group discussions, mock committee meetings and case simulations.

The course will take place at Houston Methodist Hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The course fee is $2,000. A discounted rate of $1,600 is available to Houston Methodist personnel, Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated hospital personnel and trainees. An early registration discount of $200 will be applied to those who register before February 1, 2015. The course fee includes access to course handouts and a website of course resources, continental breakfasts, lunches, a welcome dinner, opening remarks by a pioneer in the bioethics field, Baruch Brody, Ph.D.; the Drama of DNA moderated by the play co-writer, Lynn Bush, Ph.D., M.S., M.A.; and transportation to and from; and a tour of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Continuing Education

Physicians: Houston Methodist is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Houston Methodist designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Houston Methodist is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Houston Methodist provides up to 22.25 contact hours for this activity. Participants must attend selected sessions in their entirety and complete the corresponding items on the evaluation tool. 

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