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8th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference

8th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference
Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
University of North Florida, Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224


Wolfson Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network, presents the Eighth Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference.

With talks on pressing issues by experts in the field, the conference will serve as fertile ground for the development and elucidation of best practices in pediatric bioethics. This conference will include sessions on topics such as “medical futility,” “grappling with moral distress,” and “ethical issues in childhood immunizations.”

Why You Should Attend

Ethics committees, healthcare practitioners and public policy experts are consistently faced with difficult ethical challenges. This conference will provide education surrounding such challenges, and an opportunity to engage peers from across the region to learn what others are doing to cope with the ethical issues that arise in pediatric health care.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, psychologists, health administrators, occupational therapists, speech therapists, pediatric mental health workers, pediatric specialists, medical students, nursing students, ethicists, philosophers, and others with an interest in pediatric bioethics.

Conference Program

7:30 – 8:25 am

  • Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25 – 8:30 am

  • Welcoming Remarks Alissa Hurwitz Swota, PhD  Associate Professor, University of North Florida; Bioethicist, Wolfson Children’s Hospital; Director, Florida Blue Center for EthicsPlenary Sessions

8:30 – 9:30 am

  • Wolfson Lecture: Hope Lives Here: Working with Families Chasing Only a Chance for a Cure Wynne Morrison, MD, MBE Attending Physician, Critical Care and Palliative Care, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

9:30 – 10:30 am

  • Spirituality and Decision Making for a Devastatingly Ill or Injured Child Mark Kuczewski, PhD  The Fr.

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