Agenda and Handouts

Presented by the MU Center of Health Ethics

October 4, 2019

Smith Forum • Reynolds Journalism Institute, MU School of Journalism

Introduction and Welcome

Pellegrino Lecture
Pellegrino’s Legacy and Philosophy of Medicine – Apropos in in the Modern Era?
David Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Senior Scholar, Center for Health Ethics, MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri
Handout 1; Handout 2; Handout 3

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize the foundational values and precepts that define the healing relationship.
  2. Discuss the challenges of modern healthcare that pose barriers to the acceptance of foundational values.
  3. Propose a reconstruction of virtue allowing care teams to sustain their professional commitments.

The Ethics of Belief
Win Phillips, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Health Management and Informatics and Center for Health Ethics, MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand how you may be morally responsible for involuntary beliefs.
  2. Apply an ethics of belief to political and religious contexts.
  3. Analyze and evaluate your moral culpability for taking the claims of ideologues at face value.

From Beauchamp to Trump: Sensemaking, bioethics, and contemporary healthcare

Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L, Director, MU Center for Health Ethics; Executive Director, Missouri Health Professions Consortium; Adjunct Associate Professor, MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explore limitations of a principles-based approach when responding to ethical conflict in clinical practice.
  2. Understand the impact of bias when caring for patients in a contemporary healthcare environment.
  3. Apply sensemaking tools to promote shared understanding between providers, patients and patient representatives.


Tribalism, Health Care, Communication, and Ethics –
Panel discussion on communication
Moderator: Clayton Clark, MSN, RN, Instructor of Nursing, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri

  • Epistemic Injustice – Dennis A. Velez, MD, MHA (candidate), Consultant, Veterans Evaluation Services, Inc.
  • Media – Brian Hensel, Assistant Teaching Professor, Health Management and
    Informatics, University of Missouri
  • Power Differential – Lori Popejoy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri
  • Social Dynamics, Existential Crisis – Lucas Gleaves, Staff Chaplain, Pastoral Care, MU Health Care, University of Missouri
  • Trauma – Jeffrey Litt, DO, Assistant Professor of Clinical Acute Care Surgery, MU Health Care, University of Missouri

Fireside Chat: Patient-Centered Care in a World of Polarized Politics, Echo Chambers, and Filter Bubbles

Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L; David Fleming, MD, MA, MACP

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Dialogue with audience regarding how to respond to diverse patient needs in often contentious situations.
  2. Engage in discussion summarizing conference topics and implications for practice.

P.M. (Live Stream ends)

12:00 Lunch – On your own

Afternoon Workshop*
Case-based workshop aimed a skill-building. This session will provide participants with tools and application techniques that will support them in addressing ethical conflict at the bedside.

Facilitators: Melanie JohnsonMoxley, MA, PhD, Instructor, Center for Health Ethics, University of Missouri; Lea Brandt, OTD, MA, OTR/L; Stephen Perinchery-Herman, Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy, University of Missouri

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Review and analyze ethics cases pulled from clinical practice. (Case submissions by participants encouraged).
  2. Apply communication and conflict resolution strategies outlined in morning session to optimize ethical outcomes.

*If attending the afternoon workshop and you have a case you would like to submit for discussion, please check the appropriate box on the registration form and provide your email address.


Conference Agenda – pdf file for download