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 health care 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 Health care

  • 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 Health care 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 Hackensack University Medical Center 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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