Ethics for Lunch: Looking Back and Looking Forward 2022

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Please join us at the June Ethics for Lunch (EFL) for an interactive session in which we will review topics from the past year and provide an open forum for discussion of topics to consider for the next academic year. We are interested in hearing from the hospital community about the ethical issues that are faced by patients, families, communities, and members of the healthcare team.

The EFL sessions from the past year were:

  1. Annual Review of the Ethics Consultation Service 2020-2021
  2. Attending and Resident Involvement in DNR Discussions
  3. Deciding Whether to Disclose HIV Status to Authorized Decision Makers in Situations of Life-Threatening Illness
  4. The Role of Faith Leaders in Decision Making of Terminally Ill Patients
  5. Ethical Issues Related to Immigration Status in the Delivery of Health Care
  6. Moral Suffering: Challenges and Opportunities
  7. Balancing Patient Experience and Staff Safety
  8. Caring for Our Patients, our Students, Our Colleagues, Ourselves: The Power of Narrative
  9. Challenges in Surrogate Decision Making

Many of the sessions over the past year addressed communication: communication between members of the health care team, communication between the health care team and surrogate decision makers, and the limits of sharing and documenting personal information about patients. Another theme was the safety and well-being of members of the health care team. Another theme was how to make medical decisions in the midst of uncertainty and who patients and clinicians can turn to for guidance, whether it is ethics consultants, faith leaders, or other members of the health care team.


  1. Define the importance of communication in clinical encounters
  2. Explore ways to protect the rights and interests of vulnerable community members
  3. Discuss how to care for patients or families who have to make difficult decisions
  4. Learn about ethical issues of interest in the hospital community