University of Pittsburgh
Ira R. Messer Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law present:

Difficult Patients, Difficult Families and Difficult Health Care Providers: Ethical and Management Issues

March 29, 2013
Biomedical Science Tower
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

22nd Annual Medical Ethics Update 2013 and the 30th Annual Messer Lecture

The annual Medical Ethics Update conference provides attendees with an opportunity to hear presentations on a number of current issues of national and local interests in medical ethics, to participate in a question-and-answer period with speakers, and to participate in smaller, more intimate breakout sessions with presenters.  This course is designed for a diverse group of concerned physicians, lawyers, community members, clergy, students and health care providers.

 

The 30th Annual Messer Lecture: “What Makes ‘Difficult’ Patients Difficult?”

Presentation by Michael W. Kahn, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School - Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

 

Full Day Schedule of Events

8:00-8:45 a.m.                    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:00 a.m.                    Introductions

9:00-10:00 a.m.                 Messer Lecture

What Makes ‘Difficult’ Patients Difficult?

  • Michael W. Kahn, MD – Harvard Medical School, Boston

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Challenges of Talking Regarding End of Life Topics with Difficult Patients

  • Robert Arnold, MD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

11:00-12:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion and Participation

  • Robert Arnold, MD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Alexander J. Ciocca, JD, MPH – UPMC Legal Counsel
  • Michael W. Kahn, MD – Harvard Medical School
  • Ellen Ormond, PhD – University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry

12:00-1:00 p.m.                 Lunch

1:00-2:00 p.m.                   Break Out Sessions

Dismissing (“Firing”) Patients for Health-Based Reasons

  • Mark Wicclair, PhD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dealing with Difficult Families

  • Elizabeth Chaitin, MSW, MA, DHCE – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

2:15-3:15 p.m.                   Break Out Sessions

Responding to Requests by Patients or Surrogates for Potentially Inappropriate Treatment

  • Robert Arnold, MD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Douglas B. White, MD, MAS – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Mark Wicclair, PhD – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dialysis and Difficult Patients

  • Margaret E. Reidy, MD – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Jack Rozel, MD, MSL – Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
  • Mary Ann Sevick, ScD, RN – University of Pittsburgh Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
  • Stella Smetanka, JD – University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Managing Challenging Families, A Multi-Disciplinary, Patient and Family-Centered Model

  • Elizabeth Lewis, M.Ed. – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Jonathan R. Pletcher, MD - Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Heather Rommes, BS – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

3:30-4:30 p.m.                   Break Out Sessions

Health Care Providers as Patients

  • Gary Fischer, MD – University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine
  • Frank Kroboth, MD – University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine

Communicating with Patients Following a Bad Outcome

  • Matthew P. Holtzman, MD – UPMC Cancer Center
  • Edward Sandy, II, MD, MBA – Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC 
  • Chaton T. Turner, JD – UPMC

Addicted and in Pain: Now What?

  • Julie Childers, MD, MS – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Jordon F. Karp, MD – Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
  • Melissa McNeil, MD, MPH – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Chaitin, MSW, MA, DHCE – UPMC

 

 

CLE Information

Preregistration for CLE credit is not required.

This program has been approved approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for for six (6.0) hours of substantive credit.

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