35th Annual MacLean Center Conference

Chicago, IL US
October 27, 2023 to October 28, 2023
Join us for this premiere medical ethics conference!
This conference will improve patient care and outcomes by educating physicians and other healthcare professionals about clinical medical ethics through lectures, panel discussions, and collaboration. This year’s conference will provide a framework to view multiple ethical issues in clinical medicine, including informed consent, disparities in access and outcomes, and challenges to the patient-physician relationship.

Participants will learn new strategies to tackle challenging ethical dilemmas in their practice, allowing them to provide improved patient care.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals interested in clinical medical ethics.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ethical situations or conflicts in routine clinical encounters;
  • Consider the various perspectives, including legal, medical, and religious, needed to provide holistic patient care;
  • Discuss how clinical medical ethics applies broadly to the American healthcare system and specifically to their fields or specialties;
  • Describe how current literature and directives in clinical medical ethics will help them make improved ethics decisions in their practice;
  • Explain how to apply the tenants of clinical medical ethics to scenarios they encounter in their fields or specialties.
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: 
Anne Wong
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
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Available credit: 
  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.25 Participation
  • 12.25 Social Work CEU
Event starts: 
10/27/2023 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
10/28/2023 - 6:20pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Friday, October 27
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast and Small Group Discussions:
Empirical ethics research
External grant funding in ethics
Publishing in ethics
Medical student ethics teaching

9:00 - 9:30AM: Weclome and Introduction: Peter Angelos MD, PhD, and Mark Siegler MD

9:30-11:30 Plenary Papers: Surgical Ethics
The Project on the Good Surgeon: A Pathway for Healing & Repair
Ryan M Antiel, MD, Duke University
Sensational Topics in Transplant Surgery: A Critical
Ethical Analysis
Catherine H Frenkel, MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the Levine Cancer Institute
Professionalism Themes in Surgical Clerkships: A Qualitative Analysis of Student Vignettes
Jacob Mago, MD, Alden March Bioethics Institute
The Use of Electronic Consent Facilitate Written Consent
Before the Day-of-Surgery
Victoria Yin, MD, Keck School of Medicine of the
University of Southern California
Assessing and Improving the Moral Injury of Intensive Care Unit Staff Moral Injury of Intensive Care Unit Staff Moral Injury Surrounding Patients Requiring Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Rachel Essig, MD, Georgetown University Hospital
Ethical and Clinical Actions for Maternal-Fetal Surgery
Patients and Providers in the Context of Diminishing Reproductive Rights
Chase Binion, MD-PhD student, University of North
Carolina and University of Virginia

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 PM: Concurrent Sessions
MAiD in Canada: Paper Session
Reflections by a Surgeon Assisting Death
Karen Devon, MD, Department of Surgery and Joint Center for Bioethics – University of Toronto
MAiD in Canada – Toward a Permissive Access Regime
Udo Schuklenk, PhD, Queens University in Canada
Medical Aid in Dying in Canada: Promises or Pitfalls
Eugene Bereza, MD, McGill University Health Centre

On the Scope of Clinician Autonomy: Panel Session, Little Theater
Bharat Ranganathan, PhD, University of Nebraska
Dan Brudney, PhD, University of Chicago
Caroline Anglim, PhD, HEC-C, Mercer School of Medicine

2:30 - 3:15 PM: Break

3:15 – 5:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions
Equity in AI Panel: Panel Session, Little Theater
Gina Piscitello, MD, MS, University of Pittsburgh
Juan Carlos Rojas, Medical Student, University of Pittsburgh
Robert M Arnold, MD, University of Pittsburgh

Healthcare Disparities and Health Policy: Paper Session
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Approaches to Conflict Handling (PATCH): Results of Unit Leadership Surveys
Aleksandra Olszewski, MD, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern
Healthcare Reparations for African Americans: Bioethical Rationale and Practical Framework
Douglas W. Hanto, MD PhD, Center for Bioethics – Harvard Medical School

3:15-5:00 PM: Concurrent Session
Healthcare Disparities and Health Policy: Paper Session
When the solutions to scarcity should be less about ethical allocation and more about expanding the supply: healthcare’s role in addressing homelessness in Cook County
Keiki Hinami, MD MS, Center for Health Equity & Innovation - Cook County Health
Honest Medical Communications Across Cultures
Emma Lavine, PhD, University of Chicago
The Ethical Case Against Prohibiting Hormonal and Surgical
Interventions for Minors with Gender Dysphoria
Timothy Murphy, PhD, University of Illinois College of Medicine

5:00 – 8:00 PM Optional Cocktails/Dinner

Saturday, October 28
8:00 - 9:00 AM: Breakfast Small Group Discussions
Surgical ethics
Pediatric ethics
Clinical ethics consultations
Psychiatric ethics

9:00 – 10:20 AM: Plenary Papers – Clinical Ethics
Current Practices in Clinical Photography in Surgery are Detrimental to the Informed Consent Process
Chad M Teven, MDA MBA, Northwestern University
Moral Judgments in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Are Clinicians Subject to the Knobe Effect?
Franny Kwak, Medical Student, Albany Medical College

The Complexity of Moral Judgment: How Does an Ultrasound Image of the Fetus Contribute to the Autonomy of Pregnant Women’s Medical Decision-making?
Yali Cong, PhD, Peking University Health Science Center
ACMG Secondary Findings and Pediatric Right to an Open Future
Michelle Sergi, DO, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
and Bharat Ranganathan; PhD, University of Nebraska

10:20 – 11:00AM Break

11:00 – 12 PM: Awarding of the MacLean Prize
Introduction of MacLean Prize by Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, Division of the Biological Sciences
Dean, Pritzker School of Medicine
MacLean Prize Address by Christine Grady, MSN, PhD
Title TBD

Noon - 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM Concurrent Session
DCD-NRP: Panel Session
Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, HEC-C, University of Washington
James Kirkpatrick, MD, University of Washington

Health Policy and Rationing: Paper Session
Death: From Philosophy to Medical Practice and the Law
John P. Lizza, PhD, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Pregnancy in a Pandemic: Including Pregnancy from Trial Design to the Clinic
Jessica Rizzuto, MD, Vanderbilt University

Reimagining Harm
Eli G Schantz, Medical Student, Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend

2:30 - 3:15 PM: Break

3:15 – 4:55 PM Plenary Papers – Clinical Ethics Consultations
Outcome metrics for Clinical Ethics Programs: Aligning with organizational priorities without losing the soul of our profession
M Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC, HEC-C, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Invoking ‘Conscience’ rather than ‘Futility’: Why Appeals to Conscience Should Replace Most Appeals to Futility and Inappropriateness in Medicine.
Garson Leder, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Nudging in Clinical Consultations: The Balance of Framing and Trust
Ian Doherty, PhD Student, Duquesne University
Clinical Ethics Consultations When the Case Involves the Use of Clinical Artificial Intelligence
Benjamin Collins, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fair Allocation of Scarce CAR T-Cell Therapies for Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma
Ben Derman, MD, University of Chicago

4:55 – 5:15 PM: Closing remarks and Adjournment

*The agenda is subject to change.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S DuSable Lk Shr Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Learners can participate in this conference in person or virtually. For more information, contact Anne Wong via e-mail.
Dine beside a World War II German submarine. Stand inside a 40-foot tornado. Mingle below historic aircraft. Celebrate the sweet things in a classic ice cream parlor. Just steps from Lake Michigan and minutes from downtown Chicago, MSI is the largest science museum in the Western hemisphere and is housed in the only remaining structure from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. With thousands of exhibits, artifacts, and “wow” moments that last a lifetime, MSI is the premier destination for unique and engaging special events.
Parking will be available at the museum for $12/day. If you stay for dinner on Friday evening, parking will be free.
SOPHY UChicago Friends & Family (15% Discount)
Sophisticated and eclectic, the SOPHY® Hotel embodies the crafts and passions of art, science, literature, and music that are the inspiration of today's Hyde Park, Chicago luxury hotel. A new boutique hotel in Hyde Park, SOPHY® Hotel infuses the community's academic and artistic contributions, allowing the curious visitor to delight in discoveries at every turn from arrival to departure.
          1.   Book online via the Friends & Family Booking Link. Enter preferred dates of stay and click ‘Check Availability.’
          2.   Book by phone at 1.773.289.1003. Request rate code UNCH.

Hyatt Place Chicago South UChicago Friends & Family (15% Discount)
Experience the senses of Hyde Park during your stay at Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center. Visit the University of Chicago and Medical Center; Explore the Museum of Science and Industry; Attend the David Rubenstein Forum; Feel the Court Theater; and Savor Award Winning Restaurants. Find your home away from home at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South.
          1.   Book online via the Friends & Family Booking Link. Enter preferred dates of stay and click ‘Check Availability.’
          2.   Book by phone at (888) 591-1234. Request rate code CR58415.
To help plan your stay in Chicago, visit choosechicago.com.
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 via email at annew9@bsd.uchicago.edu.
  Peter Angelos, MD, PhD
  Linda Kohler Anderson Professor of Surgery
  Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  Chief of Endocrine Surgery

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 (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 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 35th Annual MacLean Center Conference for LSW and LCSW social workers in the state of Illinois.

12.25 social work continuing education units are provided for this live activity.
Other Participant Credit
Other participants 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.
After logging in/creating an account, select your registration type below and click "Register Now!" Simply follow the prompts to complete your registration. If applicable, use the discount code to receive the early registration rate. Early registration ends July 31, 2023!

Profession TypeEarly RegistrationDISCOUNT CODERegular Registration
MacLean Fellows Alumni--$50
MacLean Faculty--$30
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee less a 50% administrative fee will be refunded when written notification is received by September 27, 2023. No refunds will be made after September 27, 2023.
You will have the opportunity to register for dinner at the bottom of the checkout screen once you click "Register Now" below.
Speakers will be invited to attend the dinner for free. If you have submitted an abstract to the conference, please wait to register for the dinner.
Profession TypeFEE
All (In Person)$65


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