Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference was established in 1989 through an endowment from the late John Kinsman. The conference convenes leaders in ethics from across the state and is hosted by a different city in Oregon each year.  The conference is a collaborative partnership, designed to draw on and nurture the strengths of each community it serves. Breakout sessions promote shared learning among medical facilities throughout the region and offer powerful new tools for improvements in health care ethics. Many times, the conference is also a special time for attendees to build collaborative relationships and an opportunity to mentor and support future leaders in the field.

30th Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care is honored to partner with the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics to develop this year's conference. Thank you to all members of the planning committee for your time and thoughtful input. 
Yesterday’s Lessons, Tomorrow’s Questions: Memory, Perspective, and Imagination for Today’s Ethical Challenges in Health Care

Summary: The story of bioethics can be told in a series of remembrances involving intimate moments at the bedside and landmark cases that captivated our imagination. Yet, it is also a field which is necessarily oriented to present emerging medical challenges which requires asking hard moral questions and forging an uncertain path. Weaving the two together is essential if we are to learn from the lessons of yesterday as we approach tomorrow’s questions. As the Kinsman Bioethics Conference celebrates 30 years, we look to weave memory with imagination, the past with the present and future, moments we celebrate with those we still mourn, and look toward what is being revealed. And in so doing, we stand ready to tackle tomorrow’s ethical dilemmas and opportunities together.
Conference objectives: 
1. Examine historical and landmark cases in bioethics and their impact on the evolution of ethical decision making.
2. Explore professional approaches to clinical ethics and examine resources to respond to future challenges.
3. Examine past and emerging incentives and conflicts of interest in healthcare and consider their impact on the provider-patient relationship.
4. Identify the emerging ethical, legal and spiritual challenges in the treatment of pain, addiction, and trauma.
Conference Co-Chairs:
Kevin Dirksen, MDiv, MSc, HEC-C
Lynn A. Jansen, PhD, RN
Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 (one-day only)
Time: 8:00 - 5:15 pm; 7:30-8:00 am (check-in)
Location:  Embassy Suites Washington Square; 9000 SW Washington Square Rd, Tigard, OR 97223
Conference Fee: $110.00 (includes light breakfast, snacks and lunch, in addition to CEU credits)
Keynote Speaker: Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
Bio: Dr. Diekema is attending physician and director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and his MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. His teaching responsibilities include education in the emergency department, monthly pediatric ethics conferences and several education committees. He is past-chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics. His research interests include consent and confidentiality issues in pediatrics, the limits of parental medical decision-making authority for children, ethics and child health policy, ethics in emergency medicine, ethical issues that arise in medical training, teaching of ethics to residents and students, and ethics in pediatric research

Conference continuing education:
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing: This application is currently being reviewed by the Oregon Continuing Education Activities for Nurses (OCEAN). Approval for this conference is pending and will be updated in the near future.
Social Work: This application is currently being reviewed by the National Association of Social Work. Approval for this conference is pending and will be updated in the near future.
Pharmacy: This conference is approved for 7.25 continuing education (CE) license renewal requirements. The Oregon Board of Pharmacy recognizes CME designated as AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to count towards pharmacist and certified pharmacy technician continuing education (CE) license renewal requirements. *Retain the conference certificate for proof of attendance.
Nursing Home Administrators:
This application for nursing home credit is currently being reviewed. Approval for this conference is pending and will be updated in the near future.

Conference materials:
Click here to access the conference agenda
Click here to access the session objectives.
Conference registration fee: $110.00 
Click here to register for the conference. 

If you have any questions, please contact conference planners Megan Spickerman or Molly Willis

We look forward to seeing you at this year's Kinsman Bioethics Conference!