The theme of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Fourth Annual Bioethics Symposium is "Doctors, Politics and Conscience.""
The event will feature discussion and presentations for students, faculty, health care providers and the community.
- "Political Medicine: The Case of South Africa's Dr. Death (Wouter Basson)," Steven Miles, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School. Author of "Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors" (University of California Press, 2009) which examines military medicine in the war on terror.
- "Conscience and Duty: Reflections on Wearing White Coats and Other Uniforms," Richard J. Bonnie, LLB, University of Virginia Law School. Investigated political abuses of Soviet psychiatry and served as a lawyer for Ted Kaczynski.
- "Claims of Conscience in Medicine and the Conflict Over the Public Space," R. Alta Charo, JD, University of Wisconsin Law School and School of Medicine and Public Health. Member of President Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission and current expert witness in the federal pharmacy refusal case Stormans v. Selecky.
- "Gaming The System: Should Doctors Lie to Help Their Patients?" E. Haavi Morreim, PhD, JD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Author of "Holding Health Care Accountable: Law and the New Medical Marketplace."
Clinical Perspectives Panel
Moderator: Susan Lederer, PhD, Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health
- "Moral Distress and Provision of Futile Care in the ICU," Jeff Grossman, MD, Department of Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and CEO, UW Medical Foundation
- "Choice and Duty: Physicians, Women and Birth Control," Laurel Rice, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health