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DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

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Presented by Grand Valley State University

Office of the Vice Provost for Health

The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy was established in 2005 by Richard and Helen DeVos in response to a need for a forum where topics of medical and ethical significance could be discussed under guidance from experts. Grand Valley State University will now host this established medical ethics speaker series thanks to a gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. The proceedings of the Colloquy are printed and distributed free of charge to institutions and interested individuals.

Since it's inception, the Colloquy has functioned under the leadership of Dr. Luis Tomatis.  In June of 2015, the Colloquy administration transitioned to the Office of the Vice Provost for Health at Grand Valley State University under the direction of Dr. Jean Nagelkerk. Dr. Tomatis will continue to be involved with the Colloquy serving as secretary of the organizing committee.

More information:

A Message from Richard and Helen DeVos

Organizing Committee

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Past Events and Speakers

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Questions about the Colloquy events may be directed to the Office of the Vice Provost for Health at or by calling 616-331-5876.

Our Next Event:

The Ethics of Medical Choice - Rationing

Monday, October 16, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.

Location: Grand Valley State University (Room TBD)

More information

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LIVE WEBCAST WILL BE AVAILABLE!  Participants who are not able to attend in person or who want to share the event in a classroom or meeting setting, can view the Colloquy via live stream.  This page will be updated as soon as the link is created.




We are happy to make available slides from our past event:

Slides - The Ethics of Physician Assisted Death (3.27.17)

(Please note: we are unable to upload the original PowerPoint with video.  Please contact Diane Dykstra at if you would like a copy shared via DropBox.)





(Closed captioned videos)

The Medicalization of Society

Michael B. First, MD
Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSE

Is America Going to Pot? (March 14, 2016)

Yasmin Hurd, PhD
Kevin Hill, MD, MHS

Ethics of Resource Allocation across the Lifespan (October 26, 2015)

Frederick Zimmerman, PhD
Mildred Solomon, EdD

Page last modified March 28, 2017