32nd Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics

November 13, 2020 to November 14, 2020
Each year for the past 30 years, the MacLean Center has hosted a conference that draws speakers who discuss today’s issues in clinical medical ethics. The conference remembers Dorothy Jean MacLean, who helped create the MacLean Center and was deeply committed to its work. D.J. MacLean believed that education was the best way to improve the world and throughout her life supported many leading educational institutions.
The goal of this conference is to improve patient care and outcomes by educating physicians and the other healthcare professionals about clinical medical ethics through education, dialogue, and collaboration. This year’s conference will also provide an improved framework through which to view the ethical issues presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will learn new strategies to tackle challenging ethical dilemmas in their practice, allowing them to provide improved patient care.
View lectures from past conferences here!

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other health care professionals interested in the field of clinical medical ethics.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how clinical medical ethics applies broadly to the American healthcare system and specifically to their individual fields or specialties;
  • Identify the ethical situations or conflicts in routine clinical encounters;
  • Explain how to apply the tenants of clinical medical ethics to scenarios they encounter in their fields or specialties;
  • Describe how current literature and directives in the field of clinical medical ethics will help them to make improved ethics decisions in their practice;
  • Discuss the various perspectives including legal, medical, and religious that must be taken into account in order to provide holistic patient care;
  • Discuss the ethical issues the COVID-19 pandemic presents to clinical care.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Kimberly Conner
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
(773) 702-1453
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Available credit: 
  • 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 13.50 Participation
  • 13.50 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
11/13/2020 - 7:45am
Event ends: 
11/14/2020 - 4:30pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

32nd Annual MacLean Conference Agenda
Agenda subject to change.

Online Webinar
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
This course is an online webinar.
To learn more about the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, click here.

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event this activity must be cancelled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact our office at via email at kconner1@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Mark Siegler, MD  Mark Siegler, MD
  Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery
  Executive Director, Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence
  Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics


Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Social Worker Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is a Registered Social Work Continuing Education Sponsor through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will offer continuing education units for the 31st Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
13.5 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.
Other Healthcare Professions Credit
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board. 
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the activity end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
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