27th Annual Conference on Bioethics

Capacity and Consciousness: Ethical Dilemmas Involving Death, Brain Injury, and Neurological Disabilities Approved for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ | Friday, November 27, 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM

Brain injuries and other kinds of cognitive impairments raise fundamental questions about the goals of medicine, the ethical care of vulnerable patients, and the meaning of life itself.  Moreover, between brain injury, illness, and aging, neurological impairment affects a significant number of patients across the life course.  Indeed, patients who lack the capacity for decision making are sometimes rendered total bystanders to their own care, even when they have preferences about their treatment.  The MSMS 27th Annual Conference on Bioethics will engage with questions about ethical dilemmas surrounding consciousness and capacity.

Kathryn Redinger, MD, will provide a presentation titled Navigating the Ethical Dilemma of Medical Retirement for Adolescent Athletes with Repetitive TBI: Protecting the Right to an Open Future.  Doctor Redinger is an Associate Professor and currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Applications at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.  She holds dual appointments in the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is actively involved in curricular development and academic leadership.  Her educational innovations have been published in Medical Education and the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Other presentations include:

  • Brain Death and Medical Futility: Practical Solutions for Conflict Resolution
  • Conscientious Objection and Refusing Interventions to Patients with Profound Neurological Injury
  • Cessation of Function: When Clinicians and Families Disagree about Death by Neurological Criteria
  • The Persisting Problem of Precedent Autonomy Among Persons in a Minimally Conscious State
  • Student Rapid Fire Paper Session

Registration Fees: 
Members – $50
Non-members – $100
Students and residents – Free

For more information and to register – click here or copy and paste the address in your browser https://connect.msms.org/Education-Events/Calendar-of-Events/Meeting-Home-Page?meetingid=%7B6DE92F81-6C25-EE11-812E-000D3A0DE1A1%7D

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.