Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Responding to Requests for Futile or Potentially Inappropriate Treatment

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, January 30, 2014

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Douglas B. White, MD, MAS
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Medicine
Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness
Core Faculty Member, Center for Bioethics and Health Law
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Douglas White's research program encompasses both empirical research on and normative ethical analysis of surrogate decision-making for patients with life-threatening illness. He has several ongoing NIH-funded studies and has published widely on ethical issues in intensive care medicine, with a particular interest in surrogate decision making, futility, conscientious objection, and allocation of scarce resources.

Dr. White graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1995 with a degree in English Literature. He received his MD from UCSF in 1999 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF. While at UCSF, he also completed a Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a fellowship in Bioethics.

Dr. White is a tenured Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Director of the University of Pittsburgh Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness. He holds the UPMC Endowed Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine.

Objectives - After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Highlight the difference between futile treatment and potentially inappropriate treatment
  2. Argue that the concept of potentially inappropriate treatment is a more clinically useful and accurate concept
  3. Summarize existing recommendations regarding resolution of intractable clinician-family conflict in ICUs

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics

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