|Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
*Martin F. McKneally, University of Toronto
*Robert M. Sade, Medical University of South Carolina
A one day intensive course focused on ethical issues faced by practicing surgeons will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in Seattle on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Topics to be discussed include: the limits of understanding in consent, delegation of decision making, talking to patients and families about errors, dealing with other surgeons' mistakes, oversight of innovation, sham operations and placebos, rethinking the dead donor rule, paying organ donors, and live broadcast of operations. The course will emphasize interactive learning. The day is divided into four major sessions, during which speakers will provide ample time for active discussion between course participants and faculty. The final session will debate and explore the challenging issue of live broadcast of surgical operations. Speakers will include long term members of the CT Ethics Forum and other clinical surgeons experienced in addressing and solving these problems.
At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:
- Confront and resolve difficult problems in informed consent.
- Apply ethical frameworks to the problem of dealing with surgical errors.
- Provide reliable guidance on the practice and oversight of innovative surgery.
- Discuss and advise on contemporary issues in organ transplantation.
- Understand the ethical issues inherent in live broadcast of surgical operations.