27th Annual Conference on Bioethics: Capacity and Consciousness

Ethical Dilemmas Involving Death, Brain Injury, and Neurological Disabilities

Friday, November 10, 2023, 8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Hybrid Conference (In-person/Virtual)

Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel
Approved for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

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 cycle. 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. This event is being held both in-person and virtually on Friday, November 10, 2023.

Devan Stahl, PhD, will provide a presentation titled The Persisting Problem of Precedent Autonomy Among Persons in a Minimally Conscious State.  Dr. Stahl is Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University.  She joined the Religion Department in the fall of 2019 after four years as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics at Michigan State University.  She has experience teaching bioethics and medical humanities to undergraduates, medical students and residents, nursing students, and veterinary students.  She has also worked as a clinical ethicist in tertiary hospitals and has trained as a hospital chaplain.

Other presentations include:

  • Brain Death and Medical Futility: Practical Solutions for Conflict Resolution
  • Navigating the Ethical Dilemma of Medical Retirement for Adolescent Athletes with Repetitive TBI: Protecting the Right to an Open Future
  • Conscientious Objection and Refusing Interventions to Patients with Profound Neurological Injury
  • Cessation of Function: When Clinicians and Families Disagree about Death by Neurological Criteria
  • Student Rapid Fire Paper Session

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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 6 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.