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 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. 

Abram Brummett, PhD, HEC-C, will provide a presentation titled Conscientious Objection and Refusing Interventions to Patients with Profound Neurological Injury.  Doctor Brummett is an Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and a Clinical Ethicist at Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital.  He has published widely in areas of clinical ethics, conscientious objection, ethics expertise, and neuroethics.

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
  • 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

For more information and to register – click here.

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.