West Michigan Ethics Conference & DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy - March 25, 2019

Theme: Conscientious Objection in Health Care

L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI

The DeVos Colloquy Committee and Grand Valley's Office of the Vice Provost for Health have collaborated with Spectrum Health to bring two important events focused on ethical issues in health care to our community.  These events are intended to provide an educational forum that will encourage interaction between our speakers and an audience of health professionals, educators, students and community members.  Participants may register for one or both events!


Call for Poster Abstracts

Educators, practitioners, administrators and students are invited to participate in the events' poster presentations. Details are included at the link above.

Abstract presentations will take place during the breaks and the 5 p.m. reception


West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference


You Want Me to Do What? When Values Collide in Health Care.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
$45 Registration fee. Open to the public.

Bryan Pilkington, Ph.D.
Seton Hall University

Caroline A. Ring D.N.P., R.N.
Chief Nursing Officer
Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospitals

Michael Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Chapman University

Megan M. VerMerris, J.D.
Senior Counsel
Spectrum Health

(Colloquy speakers Nancy Berlinger and Lauris Kaldjian will participate in an afternoon panel discussion.)

DeVos Colloquy Will Be Live Streamed

Our evening DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy will be live-streamed and offer an interactive platform allowing audience members the opportunity to participate in the Q & A session via the chat room. Those who choose may also opt to claim continuing education credit for their participation.  Details about obtaining credits online are included in the information below.

A link will be sent a few days prior as well as the day of event to those who register for live stream.  Please indicate your intention during the registration process.


DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

(This event will be live streamed.)

The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Health Care

6 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D., M.Div.
Research Scholar
The Hastings Center, Garrison, New York

Lauris Kaldjian, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Program in Bioethics and Humanities
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

Jayne E. Courts, M.D.

Executive Medical Director,
Department of Internal Medicine/Department of Geriatric Medicine
Mercy Health Saint Mary's


5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Light Refreshments

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




LV Eberhard Center
Grand Valley State University
301 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

The DeVos Colloquy is a free event and open to the public.


Free parking is available in Grand Valley's Fulton Street Lot.  Overflow parking will be directed to Grand Valley's Seward Parking Lot/Ramp on Winter Street just west of the Eberhard Center. Individuals may also opt to pay for parking on street or at the Grand Rapids Public Museum ramp located across from the Eberhard Center of Front Street (assuming availability).

Driving Directions: Google Map

Parking Lot locations: Campus map

Questions: Send e-mail dykstrdi@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-5876.


Continuing Education Credits

All participants (both in-person and online attendance) are required to register.  Individuals should indicate their interest in pursuing continuing education credits in the registration process.

Credits for the Ethics Conference will be for in-person attendance only. 

Credits for the DeVos Colloquy will be available for both in-person attendance and for on-line viewing/participation.

Details on continuing education credits will be updated as they become available.

In-Person Attendance:

Participants should register for the event(s) and sign-in at the registration table prior to the event.


Online Attendance (Colloquy only):

All individuals attending on-line will receive instructions and a link for viewing via e-mail several days prior to the event as well as the day of the event.

Should they choose, on-line participants may opt to earn continuing education credits.  To receive credit, registrants must register for the Colloquy and join the on-line stream within 10 minutes of the start of the event and continue to the end. Participants pursuing continuing education credits should log on to the site individually.  A group viewing exception for credit may be made in special circumstances.

The Ethics Conference and DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy is hosted by:


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The Ethics Conference is sponsored in part by:


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