Dr. Spike Focuses October on Ethics

October 31, 2012


In the month of October, Dr. Jeffrey Spike endured a busy schedule as he participated in conferences and lecture series focused on ethics.

From October 18-21, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) held its 14th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., which focused on the theme of "Representing Bioethics." On October 18, Dr. Spike participated in a pre-conference workshop titled "Advanced Skills Workshop for Clinical Ethics Consultation". Along with Drs. Sarah Shannon and Denise Dudzinksi of the University of Washington, Dr. Stuart Sprague of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Dr. Alexander Kon of the University of California-San Diego, Dr. Spike covered topics including how to respond to requests for ethics consultations when emotions are high and how to improve interprofessional trust and communication. Dr. Spike is also a member of the ASBH committee Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs, which met on October 21 to draft a Code of Ethics for Ethicists.

Shortly after, Dr. Spike was in Atlanta, GA, to attend the CHEST 2012 Annual Meeting, held from October 20-25. The CHEST meeting is presented each year by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and is an international medical society. Spike presented clips from the 2010 HBO film You Don't Know Jack, which chronicles the life and work of controversial figure Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Spike led discussion on physician-assisted suicide with meeting attendees.

Finally on October 29, Dr. Spike was invited to speak at the Dr. Elihu N. Root Distinguished Lectureship as part of St. Luke's Grand Rounds series created by the Kelsey Research Foundation. Spike presented "Ethical Issues in Cancer Care: from First Diagnosis...to the End-of-Life."

~ Angela Polczynski

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