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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


5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Light Refreshements

6:00  - 8:10 p.m. - Main Presentations

Location: Grand Valley State University (Room TBD)

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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. 

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(Closed captioned videos)

The Ethics of Physician Assisted Death (March 27, 2017)

Robert Arnold, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical College
Timothy Quill, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine

The Medicalization of Society (September 26, 2016)

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

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