24th Annual Conference on Bioethics

Saturday, November 14, 2020 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM   iCalendar

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24th Annual Conference on Bioethics
Moral Courage and Medical Professionalism
November 14, 2020 - Virtual 
8:45 am – 4:15 pm


The practice of medicine entails many moral dilemmas.  The intersection of personal and professional values raises significant questions about the rights and obligations of physicians in both clinical encounters and society at large.  Many of these tensions have been brought into particularly sharp relief by the recent pandemic and social unrest.  To address the changing landscape of medicine in these challenging times, the MSMS  Conference on Bioethics for 2020 will focus on Moral Courage and Medical Professionalism, and will include sessions on medicine and the Holocaust, medical care for immigrants and refugees, global health work in dangerous regions, confronting racial injustice, and rationing and resource allocation in a pandemic.

Supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation


Keynote Speaker – Nazi Doctors and Modern Ethics: Lessons Learned from a Painful Legacy

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health


Selecting and Training Medical Students in an Era of Deprofessionalization

Alexandra Vinson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences, Director of the Medical Education Scholars Program, University of Michigan Medical School


Asylum Seekers at the US/Mexican Border: Reflections from a Public Health Physician

Linda Hill, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health, UC San Diego


The Benefits and Challenges of Medical Mission Work in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenneth Peters, MD, Chief, Department of Urology, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak J. Peter and Florine Ministrelli Distinguished Chair in Urology


Racial Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: A Persisting Crisis

Courtney Townsel, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan


Redefining Essential: Healthcare Workers and Pandemic Scarcity 

Andrew Shuman, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Chief, ENT Section, Surgery Service, VA Ann Arbor Health System, Chief, Clinical Ethics Service Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.

Student Rapid Fire Paper Session  

$100 member
$150 nonmember
Free – member students and residents

Statement of Accreditation

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The MSMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




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