Ethics Video Library

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Recent Presentations

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Eating Disorders

Recorded April 4, 2017 - Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS explores not only the vital roles of a care team managing patients with eating disorders, but also the detailed fundamentals of the medical complications in these cases. Patients with eating disorders in any setting—outpatient, residential, or inpatient—do best when a multidisciplinary team cares for them. Working together with respectful communication and dedication to scope of practice, the team offers patients with eating disorders the best possible clinical care.

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When They Can't 'Just Eat': Palliative Approaches and End-of-Life Considerations in Adults with Eating Disorders

Recorded April 4, 2017 - Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS describes the complicated concepts and ethical dilemmas important to severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, which carries the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. As an ego-syntonic disorder (a disease that, paradoxically, steals patients’ lives and values while simultaneously feeling right and precious to the patient), anorexia nervosa is a problem that always resists treatment. How, then, do we know when enough is enough?

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Recommended Resource

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Eating Disorders

Presenter: Jennifer L. Gaudiani, M.D., CEDS Founder and Medical Director Gaudiani Clinic
Recorded: April 4, 2017
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS explores not only the vital roles of a care team managing patients with eating disorders, but also the detailed fundamentals of the medical complications in these cases. Patients with eating disorders in any setting – outpatient, residential, or inpatient – do best when a multidisciplinary team cares for them. Working together with respectful communication and dedication to scope of practice, the team offers patients with eating disorders the best possible clinical care.

Can Reality Match the Rhetoric? Rethinking Social Determinants for Health

Presenter: Michael Rozier, SJ, MPH, Mdiv
Recorded: October 13, 2015
Series: Holzgang

Addressing the social context of a patient when medical care is delivered holds great promise, but there are also many challenges to doing it well.

Caring for Homeless Patients with Progressive Illness

Presenters: Anne Kinderman, M.D. and Meg Mullin, M.D.
Recorded: May 3, 2016
Series: Goldman Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Homeless persons with serious illness face unique challenges. Through the lens of real patients' stories, attendees will learn best practices in palliative care for homeless persons and will be given practical tools to improve the care they provide to these patients.

Compassion Fatigue, Caregiver Burnout and the Balanced Life

Presenter: Carol Taylor, RN, PhD
Recorded: January 14, 2014
Series: Core Curriculum III-Open Forum 

As we seek to maximize health outcomes and productivity while keeping costs down, we risk compassion fatigue.

Connecting Ourselves as Health Care Professionals: Mindful Approaches to One Planet Thriving

Presenter: Donal MacCoon, PhD
Recorded: November 19, 2013
Series: Boyden Open Forum

The importance of sustainability, justice and compassion to the health profession emerges with the goal of "one planet thriving" - sustaining ourselves on one planet's worth of resources.

Evolution of Palliative Care: What All Providers Need to Know

Presenter: Michael Rabow, MD, PAAHPM
Recorded: May 6, 2015
Series: Goldman-Berland Medical Grand Rounds

All clinicians and health care leaders must understand the role and potential of palliative care to help achieve high-value care for patients in the context of fiscal constraints.

Far from Home and Facing Serious Illness: Palliative Care for Undocumented Immigrants

Presenter: Anne Kinderman, M.D.
Recorded: May 3, 2016
Series: Goldman Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Explore case examples to identify the common issues that arise when caring for undocumented immigrants, and how the interdisciplinary health care team can address them.

From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice

Presenter: Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD
Recorded: October 14, 2014
Series: Holzgang Medical Grand Rounds

Clinical empathy is central to providing effective and ethical medical care. Evidence shows specific components of clinical empathy improves patient satisfaction and medical care.

Give it More Time: The Ethics of Waiting

Presenter: Carol Taylor, RN, PhD 
Recorded: January 14, 2014
Series: Ing Medical Grand Rounds 

It's challenging to know when, why and how to deal with delayed decision-making in clinical care.

Groupthink and Caregivers' Projections: Addressing Barriers to Empathy

Presenter: Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD
Recorded: October 14, 2014
Series: Holzgang Open Forum

"Groupthink," in which team members have reasons to share group mis-perceptions and collectively misread patients, is not a problem of lack of caring, but rather difficulty in maintaining perspective during a conflict.

Must We be Morally Courageous in Patient Care

Presenter: Ann Hamric, PhD, RN, FAAN
Recorded: February 10-11, 2015
Series: Boyden Medical Grand Rounds

Ann Hamric, PhD, R,N will explore the concepts of moral distress, moral residue and the crescendo effect, using data from studies of health care professionals.

Palliative Care of the Soul

Presenter: Michael Rabow, MD, PAAHPM
Recorded: May 5, 2015
Series: Goldman-Berland Open Forum

Clinicians must wrestle with their roles and responsibilities in relationship to patients' existential and spiritual distress, while sustaining and growing their ability to be of service in the context of patient suffering.

Personal Integrity in the Medical Professions

Presenter: Margaret Mohrmann, MD, PhD
Recorded: November 4, 2009
Series: Ethics Core Core Curriculum III

Dr. Mohrmann will explain the derivations and multiple meanings of "integrity," while discussing the "paradox" of integrity - that is implies consistency, but is always being reshaped.

Responding to Cultural Diversity in Clinical Practice: Revisiting Core Ethical Principles using a Patient-Centered Approach

Presenter: Joseph Carrese, M.D., MPH, FACP
Recorded: November 15, 2016
Series: Holzgang Open Forum

Joseph Carrese, M.D. presents specific examples of encountering diversity in clinical practice that present challenges and concerns. He shares ethically sound and patient-centered approaches to responding to culturally diverse patients.

The Challenge of Patients Who Refuse Recommended Management: An Ethically-Grounded, Practical Approach

Presenter: Joseph Carrese, M.D., MPH, FACP
Recorded: November 15, 2016
Series: Holzgang Medical Grand Rounds

Joseph Carrese, M.D. identifies the core ethical tension involved when patients refuse what is recommenced; examines the possible reasons why and proposes a systematic approach for assessing and responding.

The Clinician Effect: How You Trump Pills

Presenters: David Rakel, MD; Donal MacCoon, PhD
Recorded: November 19, 2013
Series: Boyden Medical Grand Rounds

With a bit of music, science and humor, Drs. Rakel and MacCoon will take us through a mindful moment to apply the trilogy of the three Ps (Pause, Presence and Proceed) within the ritual of the healing encounter.

When Populations Become the Patient: A New Ethic for Health Care

Presenter: Michael Rozier, SJ, MPH, Mdiv
Recorded: October 13-14, 2015
Series: Holzgang

Developments in health care call on us to serve not only the individual patient but also patient populations. Improving population health and creating healthier communities carry significant professional and organizational challenges.

When They Can't 'Just Eat': Palliative Approaches and End-of-Life Considerations in Adults with Eating Disorders

Presenter: Jennifer L. Gaudiani, M.D., CEDS Founder and Medical Director Gaudiani Clinic
Recorded: April 4, 2017
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS describes the complicated concepts and ethical dilemmas important to severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, which carries the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. As an ego-syntonic disorder (a disease that, paradoxically, steals patients’ lives and values while simultaneously feeling right and precious to the patient), anorexia nervosa is a problem that always resists treatment. How, then, do we know when enough is enough?