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The Bioethics Center, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina
Department of Medical Humanities, The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
From the Center: Ethics & Health Care Speakers Bureau Enters Fifth Year
John C. Moskop, Ph.D.

In 1999, the Bioethics Center and the Department of Medical Humanities, in cooperation with the Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), launched an Ethics & Health Care Speakers Bureau to provide continuing education programs on bioethical issues for health professional audiences in eastern North Carolina. Since that time, Center faculty have presented dozens of programs on a variety of bioethics topics to medical, nursing and other professional audiences from the Piedmont to the Outer Banks.

As the Ethics and Health Care Speakers Bureau enters its fifth year of operation, the Bioethics Center once again invites health care institutions and professional associations in our region to schedule a bioethics educational program for their staff or members. Faculty participants in the Speakers Bureau are John K. Davis, J.D., Ph.D., Kenneth A. De Ville, Ph.D., J.D., Loretta M. Kopelman, Ph.D., John C. Moskop, Ph.D., David B. Resnik, J.D., Ph.D., and Todd L. Savitt, Ph.D. Current program offerings of the Speakers Bureau include:

  • Introduction to Health Care Ethics
  • Informed Consent: Ethical and Clinical Implications
  • Medical Readers Theater
  • Health Care Choices at the End of Life
  • The Brave New World of Reproductive Technology
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives
  • Moral Issues in Managed Care
  • Organizational Ethics in Health Care
  • Current Controversies Regarding Research with Children
  • Resuscitating Your Ethics Committee
  • Ethical Issues in Pain Management

Most of the above program topics can be offered in several different formats. For physician audiences, the most popular format has been an informal lecture and discussion at a hospital medical staff meeting. The preferred format for nursing staff has been a half-day workshop, including informal lectures, discussion, and case analysis, at a community hospital. Center faculty have also made presentations to institutional ethics committees and at regional medical conferences and professional society meetings. Our collaboration with EAHEC allows continuing education credit to be offered for Speakers Bureau programs.

To schedule a program for a physician audience, please contact Mary Valand, The Brody School of Medicine Director of Continuing Medical Education, at (252) 744-5208. To schedule a program for a nursing or other health professional audience, please contact Helen Brinson, EAHEC Director of Nursing Education, at (252) 744-5211.

Through the Ethics and Health Care Speakers Bureau, the faculty of the Bioethics Center and the Department of Medical Humanities look forward to continuing interaction with health professionals throughout eastern North Carolina. For more information about the Speakers Bureau, or to receive a brochure describing Speakers Bureau programs, please contact Georganne Perry at the Bioethics Center, (252) 744-2361, or e-mail her at