Online registration has CLOSED. Onsite registration will be available beginning at 7:30AM on Friday, August 3rd.  

Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, attorneys, teachers, and other professionals involved in the care of patients or the education of providers.

Surgical Ethics Conference: This one-day conference employs the methods of ethical analysis taught in the Summer Seminar to analyze topics of special interest to surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and hospital administrators. Lectures tailored to surgical specialties define ethical principles and concepts. Multi-disciplinary panels and small group discussions allow participants to better understand the ethical debates that bear upon each topic. In addition, the conference introduces participants to skills and information sufficient to enable them to make competent ethical decisions in clinical situations.

August 3, 2018
South Campus Center, Room 316
University of Washington campus
Seattle, WA

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Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify fundamental concepts and principles for the understanding of ethical issues in clinical care.
  2. Implement a method for analyzing ethical cases in clinical health care.
  3. Employ skills in decision-making for clinical cases that present ethical problems.
  4. Discuss current issues and cases in health care ethics.


      Course Fees Through 6/15/18 After 6/15/18
MD/DO/JD/PhD Summer Seminar + Surgical Ethics $1,049.00 $1,099.00
All Others Summer Seminar + Surgical Ethics $949.00 $999.00
MD/DO/JD/PhD Surgical Ethics only $299.00 $325.00
All Others Surgical Ethics only $249.00 $275.00
MD/DO Resident/Fellow* Surgical Ethics only $150.00
*Resident/Fellow rate only applies to MD/DO and requires written confirmation
of current resident/fellow status

The fee for this course includes catering, all instruction materials (electronic) and transcript of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. To ensure enrollment, please register online at uwcme.org. If you have not received confirmation prior to your departure for the course, please contact the Continuing Medical Education Office at 206.543.1050. Continuing Medical Education will not be responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the course.

If the course is not sold out, registrations will be accepted on-site. An administrative charge of $25 will be applied to the base registration fee for walk-in registrations.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education must receive written notification of your cancellation by July 13, 2018. A $75.00 processing fee will be deducted from refund requests received by this date. No refunds will be issued after July 13, 2018. The Office of Continuing Medical Education reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by telephone followed by written notification and a full refund. The University of Washington is not responsible for any other costs incurred such as non-refundable airline tickets or hotel penalties. Contact the CME office with questions — call 206.543.1050, fax 206.221.4525 or email cme@uw.edu.

Peter Angelos, MD, PhD
Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, IL
Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Professor & Chair, Department of Bioethics & Humanities
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, JD, MPH, FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Jeffrey Friedrich, MD
Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Cameron Gaskill, MD, MPH
PGY-4 Resident Physician, Department of Surgery
University of Washington, WA
Katherine Gentry, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
John A Griffin, MD
Colorectal Surgeon
Swedish Medical Group
Seattle, WA
Patrick Javid, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Erin A Miller, MD
Fellow, Department of Orthopedics, Division of Hand Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Martin Montenovo, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Andrew Shuman, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology
University of Michigan
Ann arbor, MI
Christian Vercler, MD, MA
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Craniofacial Surgery
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Title Time Faculty Room
Surgical Ethics - Reading Material 7:00AM - 7:10AM Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:30AM - 8:00AM  
Welcome and Overview 8:00AM - 8:15AM Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, JD, MPH, FACS
Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Presentation: Moral Reasoning in Surgery 8:15AM - 9:15AM Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Key Note Address: What's Different About Surgical Ethics? 9:15AM - 10:00AM Peter Angelos, MD, PhD (Keynote Speaker)
Break 10:00AM - 10:15AM  
Flash Sessions 10:15AM - 12:00PM  
Involving Residents in Surgical Ethics 10:15AM - 10:30AM John A Griffin, MD
The Surgical Decision Making Process: Different but Ethical Approaches 10:30AM - 11:00AM Christian Vercler, MD, MA
Ethical Duties and Obligations Of A Surgeon 11:00AM - 11:15AM Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, JD, MPH, FACS
The Surgeon, the Patient, and the Health Care System: Access, Equity and Fairness 11:15AM - 11:30AM Andrew Shuman, MD
Ethical Challenges in Transplantation 11:30AM - 11:45AM Martin Montenovo, MD
Ethical Challenges in Pediatric Surgery 11:45AM - 12:00PM Katherine Gentry, MD
Patrick Javid, MD
Lunch (provided) 12:00PM - 1:00PM  
Breakout: Small Group Case Discussions 1:00PM - 2:00PM  
Small Group Case Discussion Report Out 2:00PM - 3:00PM  
Break 3:00PM - 3:15PM  
Presentation: Ethical Issues in Surgical Innovation: Are We Being Honest With Our Patients? 3:15PM - 4:00PM Peter Angelos, MD, PhD
Panel: Ethics in the Mentor-Mentee Relationship 4:00PM - 4:45PM Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd
Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, JD, MPH, FACS (Moderator)
Jeffrey Friedrich, MD
Erin A Miller, MD
Cameron Gaskill, MD, MPH
Closure and Adjourn 4:45PM - 5:00PM  
Accreditation with Commendation: The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The following hotels are located near the conference site. To make reservations, please contact the hotels directly.

Silver Cloud Inn University District
5036 25th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.526.5200 or 800.205.6940
Rates depend on availability
Ask for "UW CME Conference" rate

Residence Inn by Marriott
4501 12th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.322.8887 or 888.236.2427
Online reservations only (residenceinn.marriott.com): under Special Rates, select Corporate/Promo, and enter code UWD

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.826.4242 or 866.944.4242
Rates depend on availability

In addition to the local hotels, economical room and board packages will be available at a dormitory on the UW campus near the conference site. Dormitory reservations will be available via an online reservation form here. Please make your arrangements by July 6, 2018, as space is limited and to avoid late fees.

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Syllabus materials will be available for download at uwcme.org for conference registrants only. Materials will be available starting on July 23, 2018, for registrants to view, print and/or download. The conference agenda and pages for note-taking will be provided at the conference.

Course activities are reserved exclusively for attendees. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

UW CME considers diverse nutritional preferences and restrictions when planning our complimentary menu. However, those individuals who might find that our menu is not aligned to their specific nutritional needs are welcome to bring their own food items. If you have dietary restrictions (e.g., vegan, gluten-free, etc.), please send an email to cme@uw.edu by July 23, 2018.

If you will need to utilize lactation services, please inform the CME Office by ten days in advance of the conference start date,

Continuing Medical Education at the University of Washington is a self-sustaining unit and does not depend on or receive public monies in support of its educational efforts. Fees for this course are estimated to cover the costs of conducting this course. These costs include salaries, registration and credit, handouts, record keeping, faculty planning and evaluation and may include food, beverages, taxes and gratuities to vendors. The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance.

Disability Services Office
voice 206.543.6450, TTY 206.543.6452, fax 206.685.7264, email dso@uw.edu

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