Ethics Grand Rounds hosted by the VUMC Ethics Committee and Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
occur the first Tuesday of the month in April and November in 208 Light Hall.
2016-2017 Grand Rounds
2015-2016 Grand Rounds
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 12 noon, 208 Light Hall
2014-2015 Grand Rounds
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 12 noon, 208 Light Hall
Professionalism in Response to Patients’ Perceived Bias: Respecting Patients’ Values and Caregivers’ Diversity in the Clinical Workplace
Addiction is an increasingly common co-morbidity for patients with complex medical conditions. It affects patients' and families' judgment, confounds medical decision making, and often destroys trust between patients and their caregivers. The panel will discuss the ethical challenges that addiction - to alcohol, pain medication, or illicit drugs - presents for health care providers and the institution as a whole, and consider strategies for identifying and serving patients' best interests when addiction is a factor in care.
Terrell Smith, MSN
Director, Patient and Family Engagement
Chair, Cultural and Linguistic Council
Anita J. Jenious, JD
Director, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
and Disability Services
Kimberly N. Vinson, MD
Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12 noon, 208 Light Hall
"Boarding Patients in a Full House: Ethical Responses to Overcrowding in Vanderbilt's EDs"
Seriously ill and injured patients come from across the region to Vanderbilt's Emergency Departments for high-acuity care that many other hospitals are unable to provide. Patients are admitted even when the census is over 100% of capacity. The Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System has observed that "EDs are frequently overloaded, with patients sometimes lining hallways and waiting hours and even days to be admitted to inpatient beds." This panel presentation will address ethical issues at what the IOM has called the "breaking point" for U.S. hospital-based emergency care.
Keith Wrenn, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
Co-Chair, VUMC Ethics Committee
Jeanne Yeatman , MBA, RN, BSN, EMT
Patient Flow and Logistics Coordinator
VUH Access Center
Derek W. Anderson, MD
Director, Transformation Management & Innovation
Children’s Services Administration
2013-2014 Grand Rounds
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12 Noon - 208 Light Hall
"Addiction as a Co-Morbidity: Practical and Ethical Challenges in Medical Decision Making"
Addiction is an increasingly common co-morbidity for patients with complex medical conditions. It affects patients’ and families’ judgment, confounds medical decision making, and often destroys trust between patients and their caregivers. The panel will discuss the ethical challenges that addiction – to alcohol, pain medication, or illicit drugs – presents for health care providers and the institution as a whole, and consider strategies for identifying and serving patients’ best interests when addiction is a factor in care.
John Corey, MD
Director, Comprehensive Pain Service
Department of Anesthesiology
Julie T. Redding, LMSW, MA
Social Worker II
Heart Transplant Program
Amanda G. Wilson, MD
Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services
Department of Psychiatry
Joseph B. Fanning, PhD
Director, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society