December 14, 2023: 7th Avery Weisman, M.D., Lecture in Consultation Psychiatry: What is a Good Death?
Patients are dying in hospitals less often than previously, but still commonly have multiple inpatient stays in their final months. In some regions, lengths-of-stay in hospice are very short, indicating the patients’ final days are often spent battling illness rather than realizing higher values.Thus, it is imperative that physicians gain a better understanding of non-health values that are implicated by the course of end-of-life care.
This presentation will introduce the idea of hierarchies in different classes of human values, and argue that a good death is one that enables the patient to realize high values.
This program is intended for: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Fellows, Residents, Interns and Nurses
Upon completion of the activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the idea of hierarchies among values
2. Explain the difference between low, strong values and high, weak values and its relevance to the idea of a good death
3.Discuss how common patterns of dying drive medicine to concentrate on dying patients’law, strong values at the expense of their high, weak values during end-of-life care
Stephen R. Latham, JD, PhD. Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Senior Research Scholar, Political Science
Stephen Latham is Director of Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. Latham is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the UC Berkeley doctoral program in Jurisprudence. A former practicing healthcare business and regulatory attorney,
Latham served as Director of Ethics Standards at the AMA, and Secretary to its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, before entering academia full-time. He has been a graduate fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center on Ethics, and a fellow of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Advance Studies in the Humanities. Latham is the author of over 150 publications on bioethics and health law, and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Bioethics and the Hastings Center Report.
At Yale he is an IRB chair, co-chair of the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, and has served on the clinical ethics committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has been a board member and Secretary of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and is currently a member of the Hastings Center Fellows’ Council.
Dr. Latham has no financial disclosures to report.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 1.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 1.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 1.00 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 1.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.
In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.
1.00 Nursing Contact Hours
MGH Institute of Health Professions designates this activity for 1.00 contact hours for nurses.
1.00 Social Workers
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, MGH Institute of Health Professions is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. MGH Institute of Health Professions maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 clock hours for continuing education credits.
1.00 IPCE Credit
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.