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Pitt Consortium Ethics Program Hosts Conference on Health Care Ethics

What: The Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) at the University of Pittsburgh will host the “Basic Issues in Health Care” conference. This day-long event will include an intensive review of ethical issues that often occur in contemporary health care and provide a forum to discuss skills to address them. Topics will include patient autonomy, informed consent, decision-making and end-of-life decisions.

Who: The conference is open to the public and will include Valerie Satkoske, Ph.D., instructor, University of Pittsburgh; Mark Wicclair, Ph.D., adjunct professor, University of Pittsburgh; and others. 

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where: La Roche College, Zappala College Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, 15237

Why: The CEP is the regional health care ethics network in western Pennsylvania that educates nurses, physicians, social workers and others from participating health care institutions in the language, methods and literature of health care ethics. These staff members, known as CEP representatives, become on-site resource personnel who receive direct support from the CEP to meet the ethics needs of their institutions. Member institutions form a network, which is instrumental in sharing ethics resources and experiences in a cost-effective manner.

The deadline to register for the conference is May 23. For more information or to receive a conference brochure, contact Sarah Sudar, CEP communications specialist, at or 412-647-5834.

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