Requests, Refusals, and Revelations: Moral Considerations in the Delivery of Medically-Provided Nutrition and Hydration

Presented by: 

Peter A. DePergola II, Ph.D., M.T.S.

Date & time: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Chestnut 3, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA 01199

Requests, Refusals, and Revelations: Moral Considerations in the Delivery of Medically-Provided Nutrition and Hydration

About the Speaker

Dr. Peter DePergola is Director of Clinical Ethics at Baystate Health, Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Elms College, where he serves concurrently as Director of the Center for Ethics, Religion, and Culture. In addition to his system-wide clinical, research, organizational, and academic responsibilities at Baystate Health, he serves as Director of the Ethics Consultation Service, Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of the Financial Conflict of Interest in Research and Scholarly Activities Committee, and Ethicist-in-Residence to the Institutional Review Boards, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and Organ Donation and Allocation Committee. Dr. DePergola earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude in philosophy and religious studies at Elms College, his M.T.S. degree magna cum laude in ethics at Boston College, and his Ph.D. degree summa cum laude in healthcare ethics at Duquesne University. He completed his residency in neuroethics at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his fellowship in neuropsychiatric ethics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and his advanced training in neurothanatological ethics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. DePergola’s recent book, Forget Me Not: The Neuroethical Case Against Memory Manipulation (Vernon Press, 2018), has been critically acclaimed as a landmark achievement in the field of neuroethics, and was the #1 New Release in Medical Ethics on at the time of its publication. The recipient of numerous awards for academic scholarship and healthcare leadership, his current research explores the theoretical and empirical metaphysics of hope, particularly as it relates to the neuroethics of moral virtue and end-of-life decision making.

Program Objectives

  1. Identify the relevant questions of moral analysis and moral reasoning in the context of MPNH.
  2. Explain the elements of successful value-based communication in the context of MPNH.
  3. Determine an ethical framework for responding to the demands of value-based communication in the context of MPNH.
  4. Examine sources of implicit bias, personal values, and professional obligations in the context of MPNH.

*Dinner to be provided*
*2 RD CEU’s for attending*

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