West Michigan Ethics Conference & DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy - March 16, 2020

Two Informative Presentations - Register for One or Both Events!

Location: 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 to bring two important events focused on ethical issues in health care to our community.  These events are intended to provide an education forum that will enourage interaction between our speakers and an audience of health professionals, educators, students, and community members.  Participants may register for one or both events!



2020 West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference

Waiting for a Miracle: The Role of Religion in Patient Decision Making

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

This year's conference will present an in-depth look at the consideration that religious beliefs may and/or should have in the treatment of a patient and also in the patient's decision-making.  The conference has invited expert speakers as well as a diverse and prestigious panel of area faith leaders who will bring insights based on their faith's religious beliefs and practices to the conversation. The conference will also include a facilitated discussion allowing the audience to respond and participate during interactive exercises.  Concluding the event, an expert panel will include our distinguished DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy speakers who will expand the conversation and open the door for further exploration of the topic that will carry into our evening event.

Note: All individuals who attend the afternoon conference are welcome to join us at the 5 p.m. reception and stay for the evening DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy.

Call for Poster Abstracts

We invite abstract submissions for poster presentations to be prominently displayed at the third annual West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Submission on any ethical issue in health care will be welcomed. Students are encouraged to participate and may be given consideration for topics outside of the conference theme.


Submit an Abstract

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

The Role of Religion in Health Care

Reception 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Presentations 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The Colloquy brings these internationally-known speakers to further the discussion with our evening audience. Our keynote speakers include:

Continuing Education Credits

Application has been made for Continuing Medical Education, Nursing, and Social Work credits for both the afternoon conference and the evening Colloquy.  Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Photo of Ana Iltis

Ana S. Iltis, Ph.D.
Carlson Professor of University Studies
Professor of Philosophy
Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society
Wake Forest University

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Ryan Nash, M.D., M.A., FACP, FAAHPM
Director, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics
Director, Division of Bioethics, Depart. Of Biomedical Education
& Anatomy
Hagop S. Mekhjian, M.D. Chair in Medical Ethics & Professionalism

DeVos Colloquy Is Live Streamed

The evening 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. Please indicate your intention to participate in live stream during the registration process. A link will be sent to participants prior to the event.

Principal Sponsors:

Office of Vice Provost for Health

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Major Sponsors

Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Metro Health University of Michigan Health

Ethics Conference & Reception Sponsor

Blue Cross Blue Shield Sponsor Logo

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