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Presentation Recordings: VEN Fall 2021 Ethics Education Series

Posted: September 2, 2021

Session 1

Tangled Terminology: Avoiding the Ethical Pitfalls of Misnomers in Decision-making Language

Presented by: Cindy Bruzzese, MPA, MSB, HEC-C: Executive Director & Clinical Ethicist, Vermont Ethics Network; Clinical Ethicist, UVM Medical Center

Medical decision-making terminology can be confusing and sometimes the words we use convey a meaning that was not intended (i.e. a preference for CPR in an advance directive is not equivalent to a DNR order). This session will untangle the acronyms and terms, highlight potential pitfalls and underscore the importance of language when it comes to health care decisions.

Recorded Sept. 28th 2021, via Zoom.

Session 2

Exceptions to the Rule: When Minors Get to Make Their Own Medical Decisions

Presented by: Bob Macauley, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, HEC-C: Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care, Oregon Health and Science University

While 18 is the “age of majority,” there are several situations where patients younger than that are authorized to make their own medical decisions. This session will explore the minor treatment statutes, emancipation, and the mature minor doctrine, as well as current challenges relating to vaccination of minors without their parents’ consent.

Recorded Oct. 5th, 2021 via Zoom