33rd Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics

November 12, 2021 to November 13, 2021
Each year for the past 33 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 lectures, panel discussions, and collaboration. This year’s conference will also provide a heightened framework through which to view ethical issues in medicine, in particular, issues presented by the ongoing 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 clinical 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: 
  • 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 17.25 Participation
  • 17.25 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
11/12/2021 - 7:45am
Event ends: 
11/13/2021 - 5:00pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

33rd Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics Agenda
Agenda subject to change.

Chicago, IL
United States
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Visit the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics website.

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 in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all financial relationships with any ineligible companies. This includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if a financial relationship, in any amount, exists between the person in control of content and an ineligible company during the past 24 months, and the content of the education is related to the products of an ineligible company with whom the person has a financial relationship. Mechanisms are in place to identify and mitigate any relevant financial relationships 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 17.25 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 33rd Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.
17.25 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.
Other Healthcare Professions Credit
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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