2014 Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values
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Sharon P. Douglas, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterans
Administration Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, will give the 2014 Raymond W.
Waggoner, MD, Lecture on Ethics & Values in Medicine, sponsored by the University of Michigan
Department of Psychiatry, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 4:00 pm in the Ford Auditorium, second
floor, at the University of Michigan Hospital.
Dr. Douglas’ talk is entitled “End of Life Discussions, What, How and When? /I End of life care has
become increasingly important and the doctor plays a leadership role in advance planning. The skillful
understanding physician and his staff and aides provide a discussion format which includes the dying
patient, the family and the doctor. Dr. Douglas will confront some of the difficult issues physicians and
other caregivers face when meeting with a dying patient and his family. She will offer tools for initiating
conversations about dying and will then provide communication techniques to use at critical points in
the conversation. The conversation that no one wants to have will become more heartfelt and helpful
through Dr. Douglas’ teachings.
Dr. Douglas has recently served and just completed her term as the Chair of the American Medical
Association (AM A) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. This council essentially sets the nation’s professional ethical standards on behalf of American medicine.
The talk is free and open to the public.
For information contact:
Philip Margolis, M.D.
Administrative Assistant Senior
University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry