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April 7, 2017 - Wilhelm S. & Margaret J. Albrink Lecture Series:  Prognosis Related Communication and End of Life Care Outcomes in Advanced Cancer

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center - Fukushima Auditorium from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Paul R. Helft, MD is the Director, Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Indiana University Health and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He completed his BA in general studies in the humanities and his MD at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. His clinical work is based in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the Indiana University Health Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. He is the author of more than thirty publications and dozens of abstracts. He has lectured widely on ethics and gastrointestinal malignancies, and has been the principal investigator on seven grants. He was awarded the Victoria L. Champion Boundary Spanning Award from the Indiana University School of Nursing. He has taught ethics to scores of multidisciplinary professionals and created the core curriculum taught to ethics fellows at the Fairbanks Center. Dr. Helft’s research interests have focused on the ethical aspects of doctor-patient communication. He strongly believes that superb clinical care of cancer requires a strong partnership between patients and their care team, the foundation of which is highly personalized, compassionate, and open communication.

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May 17, 2017- Annual WVNEC May Symposium:  Communication in Ethics Consultation

This symposium marks the 30th anniversary of WVNEC! Keynote speaker, Martin L. Smith, S.T.D., director of one of the largest ethics consultation services in the country at the Cleveland Clinic, will provide a 30-year retrospective on ethics consultation in the US and point to its future.  This future includes professionalization of ethics consultants with licensure or certification.  Dr. Smith will discuss the impetus for this change and the likely processes by which this will occur.  As in past WVNEC symposia, multiple speakers will present cases and approaches to increase participants' knowledge of and skills in ethics consultation.  This symposium will also feature the ever popular opening case presentation with panel and audience participation and setting-specific breakout groups to discuss challenging cases.

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