CEP Fall Class Series: Healthcare Law and Bioethics

December 19, 2017 (All day)

Open to all healthcare professionals

Registration Fee:  $125.00 per session

Registration is Required:  Please contact Jody Stockdill to obtain additional information and to register.


Location and Address

LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA


Schedule of Events

December 19, 2017 (All day)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm     "Personal Responsibility in Healthcare: What is Fair?"

Alex John London, PhD
​Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy
Director, Center for Ethics and Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

During this session we will explore the moral relevance of personal responsibility for health and discuss common ethical arguments for using personal responsiblity for health as a criteria for allocating resources.  We will discuss appropriateness of, and strategies for, incorporating personal responsibility into health policies and different methods for motivating people to take greater responsibility for their health and the fairness of desert-based policies in light of broader social inequalities and determinants of health.  

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm   The Role of a Living Will and POLST: Patient Safety and Legal Concerns in Reality

Ferdinando Mirarchi, DO
​Medical Director, Emergency Department
​UPMC Hamot


During this session, we will examine current ethical & patient safety concerns related to advance directives and advance medical orders (POLST) that lead to patient harm related to over & under resuscitation.  Develop an institutional safety platform around these instruments for improved patient care centered on the principals of medical ethics; and learn how patient to clinician video testimonial might increase patient safety and more closely ensure respect for autonomy by ensuring the correct treatment choice.