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End of Life

[1 Credit Hour]
This course is available for physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner continuing education. A general attendance certificate is also available.

Recorded live at The Right of Conscience and Cultural Change in Medicine conference held in Dallas, TX on February 29, 2020.
Original Release Date: 3/1/20
Termination Date: 2/28/23


In 2014, doctors diagnosed 29-year-old Brittany Maynard with an inoperable brain tumor. She moved to Oregon in order to die by physician assisted suicide. Her death by a lethal dose of medications prescribed by her physician brought national attention to the practice of physician assisted suicide (PAS). Advocacy groups, who after years of legislative roadblocks have renewed efforts in numerous states to legalize physician practices of helping patients to end their lives. How should Christian physicians understand and respond to this shifting of the tide? In addition, even if assisted suicide were justifiable, physicians as physicians have reason to refuse to engage in the practice. This course will look at what has changed that would make it seem that assisted suicide is good medicine; especially since patients already have the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment.

Objectives:

  • Discuss whether assisted suicide is ever justifiable.
  • Discuss the role of a medical professional bearing in mind the Hippocratic Oath.
  • Define palliative care.
  • Assess the meaning of the Hippocratic Oath bearing in mind assisted suicide.