Ethics grand Rounds

Ethics Grand Rounds, which are open to the entire medical center, are conducted monthly as a forum for the discussion of ethical issues in healthcare that arise in the Medical Center or in the larger community.  Listed below are topics addressed at past rounds.
  • The Role of Ethics in Health Care
  • The Ethics of a Marketplace for Organs 
  • Autonomy Run Amok 
  • The Ethics of Palliation and Palliative Care                               
  • The Ethics of Organ Donation After Cardiac Death 
  • The Ethics of Medical Education 
  • The Ethics of Saying, “I’m Sorry”                                          
  • The Ethics of Using Placebos in the Routine Care and Treatment of Children 
  • The Ethics of Physician-Industry Interaction 
  • The Ethics of Health Care During Pandemics 
  • The Ethics of Futility: How Do We Define It? How Do We Identify It?
  • How Do We Address It? 
  • The Ethics of Decision Making About Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • The Ethics of Breaking Bad News
  • The Ethics of IVF-Induced High-Order Multiple Pregnancies 
  • The Ethics of HIV Testing 
  • The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Healthcare 
  • The Ethics of Resource Allocation During Pandemics 
  • The Ethics of Pain Management 
  • Ethical Choices in a New Orleans Hospital: What Would You Have Done? 
  • The Ethics of Post-Mortem Sperm Retrieval 
  • Why Do Patients Need Professional Advocates? 
  • The Ethics of Decisional Capacity 
  • The Ethics of Religion-Based Refusal of Medical Treatment 
  • The Ethics of Vegetative States and Other Disorders of Consciousness 
  • The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Detailing 
  • Patient Satisfaction and Patient Care: Are These Goals Ever in Tension? 
  • Growth-Attenuation Therapy: The Ashley Treatment 
  • The Ethics of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials                                            
  • A Right to Die: The Dax Cowart Case 
  • Is This Treatment Justified? Resource Allocation in the Trauma Setting 
  • The Ethics of the Electronic Medical Record 
  • The Ethics of Assigning Kidneys 
  • If We Know Medical Futility When We See It, What Do We Do About It? 
  • Should Women Be Doctors?                                            
  • The Ethics of State Intervention When Children Are Morbidly Obese 
  • The Ethics of Children As Organ Donors and Survivor Siblings
  • Disney in the Nursery: The Ethics of Commercialization in the Clinical Setting
  • The Moral Response to China’s System of Organ Procurement
  • Will Tying Hospital Reimbursement to Patient Satisfaction Enhance Patient Care? 
  • Euthanasia For the Alzheimer’s Patient? Lessons From the Netherlands
  • Why Can’t Amelia Receive a Kidney?
  • The Ethics of National Drug Shortages
  • Who Is Controlling What Healthcare Practitioners Discuss with Their Patients
  • Whose Life Is It Anyway? The Ethics of Hastening Death By Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED)
  • The Ethics of Savior Siblings
  • There Is No Administrative Consent or Two-Physician Consent: Who Makes Decisions For the Patient Alone?
  • The Ethics of Conflicts of Interest: What You Need to Know About Them and the New HackensackUMC policy
  • Who’s Minding the Store? The Ethics of Compounding Pharmacies
  • The Ethics of Whole Genome Sequencing in Newborns
  • Disregarding DNR Consented to By Capable Patient When Family Insists on Resuscitation
  • The Ethics of Elective (Non-therapeutic) Ventilation to Maximize Organ Donation
  • The Cancer of Optimism: Are Optimism and Realism Incompatible in the Clinical Setting?
  • The Ethics of "Transitioning" Patients to Other Care Settings
  • Who Owns Your Genetic Information and What is Being Done With It? The Saga of Henrietta Lacks
  • Informed Consent: Is It Beneficial? Is It Fair? Is It Possible?
  • The New and Improved Declaration of Helsinki: Why Does It Matter?
  • When Patients and Families Request or Reject Caregivers Based on Race, Ethnicity, or Gender: Is Accommodating These Preferences Ethically Justifiable?


    As an additional resource, the Bioethics Library Link provides medical center staff with online access to a selection of articles related to each month’s grand rounds topic.  These articles are available for download and remain posted for six months



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