November Forum

Ethical dilemmas that keep physicians up at night: an ethicist's response

John Tuohey Guest speaker: Fr. John Tuohey, senior director, Center for Ethics, Providence Health and Services Oregon Region

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served.

Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97205

The growing pressures on the health care system, remarkable medical advances, and spiraling costs mean that just about everyone in health care is dealing with difficult decisions with potential ethical implications.

How can we be assured that the complex decisions we make are ethical and defensible?

Come hear Fr. John Tuohey, senior director of Providence Center for Ethics, as he lays out the principles of ethical decision-making. He’ll demonstrate the key components of ethical decisions by sharing the top moral dilemmas physicians regularly face, including:

  • Do you recommend life-sustaining therapy when you judge it to be futile?
  • Is it ever acceptable to break patient confidentiality if you know a patient’s health status may be harming others?
  • Should you refuse gifts from pharmaceutical companies because they may influence your medical judgment?

In this interactive and engaging session, you’ll get the opportunity to vote electronically on the decision you’d make for these dilemmas, and see the group’s results in real time.

To attend, please RSVP to Becky Larson at 503-574-6247 or