Ethics Video Library

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Recent Presentations

Ten Years of Clinical Ethics Consultation at Providence: A Retrospective Analysis

Presenter: Nicholas Kockler, PhD MS HEC-C
Recorded: June 15, 2021
Series: Innovation & Excellence in Health Care Ethics Lectureship

What are ethics consultations? How do we identify when an ethics consult may be helpful? What impact do ethics consults have on select health outcomes and measures? Dr. Kockler shares his insights the past ten years have provided as a professional staff of the Center for Health Care Ethics.

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Reclaiming Language to Reclaim the Practice of Medicine

Presenter: Sunita Puri, MD MA
Recorded: May 18, 2021
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Puri explores how thinking of language as a tool, and communication as a procedure, can improve the approach to family meetings to discuss subjects ranging from breaking difficult news to discussing end-of-life care.

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Writing the Experience of Medicine

Presenter: Sunita Puri, MD MA
Recorded: May 18, 2021
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Puri offers the tool of writing to allow for meaningful reflection on the challenges and joys of practicing medicine today.

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Recommended Resource

1,001 Ethical Issues with Voluntarily Stopping of Eating and Drinking

Presenter: Ralf J. Jox, M.D., Ph.D
Recorded: October 17, 2017
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

Ralf Jox, M.D., PhD will demonstrate that some forms of professional support for VSED are equivalent to assisted suicide.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Managing Eating Disorders

Presenter: Jennifer L. Gaudiani, M.D., CEDS 
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.

Battle Forged: How the Military has Shaped Medicine

Presenter: Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP
Recorded: February, 25, 2020
Series: Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

In this video, Dr. McGowan will explore how the military has influenced medical practice, especially as it relates to trauma care and emergency medicine. From critical care transport, hemorrhage control, damage...

Bedless Psychiatry: Rebuilding Behavioral Health Service Capacity

Presenter: Dominic Sisti, PhD
Recorded: October 27, 2020
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

With deinstitutionalization came the unfulfilled promise of community psychiatry and new powerful and safe medications that would finally free society of the need for inpatient psychiatry. The lack of a comprehensive...

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.

Cultivating the Medical Mind: An Interactive Exploration of Uncertainty

Presenter: Alexa Miller, MA
Recorded: February 12, 2019
Series: Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

Alexa Miller, MA introduces established approaches for managing and communicating about uncertainty in the clinical setting and invites participants to deploy those approaches in visual arts experiences.

Cultural Variances in Bioethics: Differing Approaches to Common Clinical Dilemmas

Presenter: Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, M.D., PhD
Recorded: April 30, 2019
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, MD explores the idea of cultural variances through clinical case examples, and how different theories or understandings of the self and social orientation are relevant in these settings.

Disability, Vulnerability, and COVID-19

Presenter: Dominic Sisti, PhD
Recorded: October 27, 2020
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

During the early months of the COVID19 pandemic, critical care resources and protective equipment were in very short supply across the world. Triage plans were updated and issued across the country.

End-of-Life Decisions and Eastern Religious Perspectives: Exploring Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism

Presenter: Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, M.D., PhD
Recorded: April 30, 2019
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai, MD explores common Eastern religious perspectives on end-of-life decision-making and examines basic relevant ethical implications on frequent end-of-life issues.

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 AIDS and EBOLA to COVID-19

Presenter: Molly Osborne, MD, PhD
Recorded: February 23, 2021
Series: Allen M. Boyden, MD Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Molly Osborne describes the evolution of recent pandemics, along with notable themes that have emerged - particularly as they relate to COVID-19.

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.

Graphic Medical Education: One ICU Doctor’s Use of Comics to Humanize the Medical Experience

Presenter: Molly Osborne, MD, PhD
Recorded: February 23, 2021
Series: Allen M. Boyden, MD Memorial Lectureship

Dr. Osborne discusses the important role comics can play in examining health and illness from the perspectives of the patient, the caregiver and the provider.

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.

How to make sense of it all: Prognosis and surrogate decision making in the ICU

Presenter: Douglas B. White, M.D., MAS
Recorded: April 10, 2018
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Douglas B. White, M.D., MAS explores the causes of misperceptions about prognosis among surrogate decision makers in the ICU.

Improvisation and the Art of Medicine: Adaptable Skills for an Uncertain World

Presenter: Belinda Fu, M.D.
Recorded: February 13, 2018
Series: Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

Belinda Fu, M.D. explains the power of Medical Improv in improving communication skills through experiential learning thereby connecting clinicians to the humanity of others during the complex communication challenges that pervade the practice of medicine.

Looking with Uncertainty: Inquiries into Visual Art, Practices for Good Medicine

Recorded February 12, 2019 - Alexa Miller, MA describes why navigating uncertainty is the most important challenge that healthcare providers face in their daily work and how the path to learning this art may be expedited and demystified in an unlikely place: arts experiences.

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.

Primary Palliative Care in the ICU: Barriers, advances, and unmet needs

Presenter: Douglas B. White, M.D., MAS
Recorded: April 10, 2018
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Douglas B. White, M.D., MAS discusses the concept of primary palliative care in ICUs and summarizes published efforts to improve this care.

Reclaiming Language to Reclaim the Practice of Medicine

Presenter: Sunita Puri, MD MA
Recorded: May 18, 2021
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Puri explores how thinking of language as a tool, and communication as a procedure, can improve the approach to family meetings to discuss subjects ranging from breaking difficult news to discussing end-of-life care.

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.

Ten Years of Clinical Ethics Consultation at Providence: A Retrospective Analysis

Presenter: Nicholas Kockler, PhD MS HEC-C
Recorded: June 15, 2021
Series: Innovation & Excellence in Health Care Ethics Lectureship

What are ethics consultations? How do we identify when an ethics consult may be helpful? What impact do ethics consults have on select health outcomes and measures? Dr. Kockler shares his insights the past ten years have provided as a professional staff of the Center for Health Care Ethics.

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.

The Forgotten Denouement: Writing to Finish Doctors Stories

Presenter: Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP
Recorded: February, 25, 2020
Series: Allen M. Boyden, M.D. Memorial Lectureship

Emergency physicians occupy a unique space in patient’s journeys. Often, they are at the height of the action, but rarely are party to the final outcomes of the case. Torree McGowan, M.D., FACEP, began writing...

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Writing the Experience of Medicine

Presenter: Sunita Puri, MD MA
Recorded: May 18, 2021
Series: Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine

Dr. Puri offers the tool of writing to allow for meaningful reflection on the challenges and joys of practicing medicine today.

What They Don’t Say: Non-verbal Patient Behavior and its Role in Medical Decision Making

Presenter: Ralf J. Jox, M.D., Ph.D
Recorded: October 17, 2017
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

Ralf Jox, M.D., PhD summarizes existing empirical evidence and discusses possible ethical approaches in this presentation.

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 the Family has Other Ideas: A Case Discussion of Shared Decision-Making

Presenter: Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Recorded: October 2, 2018
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

Mark Kuczewski, PhD examines the challenges in provider-patient relationships when families may request treatments in ways that are not aligned with professional judgment or depart from evidence-based practices. 

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
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?

Who is My Neighbor in Catholic Health Care? Caring for Undocumented Immigrants in Our Community

Presenter: Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Recorded: October 2, 2018
Series: Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., MACP Visiting Scholar

Mark Kuczewski, PhD will explore the challenges affecting care for patients who are undocumented immigrants.