Assisted Death: Ethically Responding to Patient Requests for Assistance in Dying

October 6, 2017 • Hampton Inn • Columbia, MO

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Friday, October 6, 2017


  • 7:00
    Registration, Check-in, Breakfast

  • 8:00
    Welcome and Introduction
    David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Health Ethics, MU School of Medicine

  • 8:15
    Cautious Support for Permitting Physician Assisted Suicide

    Paul Litton, JD, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development; R.B. Price Professor of Law, MU School of Law

  • 9:30
    Keynote: Legislation and Physician Assisted Suicide in Washington, DC: An African American Perspective

    Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr., MD, Adjunct Professor (appointment pending), Department of Allergy and Immunology/Internal Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center

  • 10:45
    Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law: Seventeen Years and Lessons Learned
    Susan Hedlund, MSW, LCSW, Manager of Patient and Family Support Services, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University


  • 12:00
    Lunch (provided)

  • 1:00
    Choices about the End of Life: Video Perspective

    Leslie Bennet, MS, OTR/L, Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, The Sage College, Troy, NY

  • 2:15
    Legalizing Physician Assisted Death: Compassionate Slipping in a Professional Quagmire
    David A. Fleming, MD, MA, MACP

  • 3:30
    Understanding Those Who Would Request Death
    Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Leslie Bennett, MS, OTR/L
    Panelists: Arthur Rawlings, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, MU School of Medicine;
    Jim Bryan, Sr., MDiv, Former Pastor, Missouri United Methodist Church, Columbia, MO;
    Theresa Rardin, RN, MSW, Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Missouri Health Care;
    Jeff Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology), Associate Professor, Oncology; Director, Comparative Oncology and Epigenetics Laboratory, MU College of Veterinary Medicine

  • 4:50
    Closing Remarks
    Winn Phillips, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Health Management and Informatics and Center for Health Ethics, MU School of Medicine

  • 5:00