2021 Spring Medical Ethics Series

February 22, 2021

A Virtual Presentation

(See times for each event below.)

Register for one or both events!

The afternoon Ethics Conference requires a $45 registration fee.

The evening DeVos Colloquy remains free and open to the public!

West Michigan Medical Ethics Conference

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

(2 pm to 5 pm -  Eastern Standard Time)

Presented by Grand Valley State University's Office of the Vice Provost for Health and Spectrum Health

(Speakers, panel discussions, & poster presentations to be announced.)



All registered participants will receive the link(s) to access the appropriate webinar(s) one day prior to the event. Individuals who register for both events will receive two separate links.


Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP, FNAP

Vice Provost for Health, Grand Valley State University

David Vessey, PhD

Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

Reverend Joanna Bailey, MDiv
Spirutual Care Manager, Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Interfaith Panel:

Bishop Dennis J. McMurray, DDiv, Renaissance Church of God in Christ
Ali Metwalli, PhD, Western Michigan University
Reverend Mark Przybysz, MA, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish
Rabbi David J.B. Krishef, Congregation Ahavas Israel
Fred Stella, West Michigan Hindu Temple

Moderator: P. Douglas Kindschi, PhD, Kaufman Interfaith Institute at GVSU


Expert Panel:
Moderator: David Rzeszutko, MD, Spectrum Health
Ana S. Iltis, PhD, Wake Forest University
Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics

(Dr. David Vessey and Rev. Joanna Bailey will join our Colloquy speakers.)

Call For Poster Abstracts

(Deadline: Monday January 25, 2021)

The West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference invites Clinicians and Faculty to submit an abstract focused on ethical issues in healthcare.

Students are also invited to submit an abstract and may present on any health-related topic.

Poster presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentations via Zoom using PowerPoint. 

Presenters are required to register for the conference ($45). There is no cost to students to attend the conference.

Abstract Instructions

Submit Abstract

The Role of Religion in Health Care

6:00 - 8:10 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Colloquy Presenters:

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

Director, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics
Director, Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Education & Anatomy; Hagop S. Mekhjian, M.D. Chair in Medical Ethics & Professionalism


P. Douglas Kindschi, PhD
Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute


Continuing Education Credits

Spectrum Health Hospitals CME is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Spectrum Health Hospitals CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 (Ethics Conference) and 2.0 (Colloquy) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Spectrum Health Hospitals and Grand Valley State University.

Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing, a Michigan Board of Nursing approved nursing education program, is authorized by Administrative Rule 333.10602g to award contact hours to participants at continuing education programs provided by the Kirkhof College of Nursing. This course is approved for 3.0 (Ethics Conference) and 2.0 (Colloquy) CNE hours.

Social Work
Spectrum Health is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.   This event has been approved for 3.0 (Ethics Conference) and 2.0 (Colloquy) Social Work Continuing Education Hours and is recognized by the State of Michigan, Department of Community Health, Licensing Division, for Social Work Continuing Education.

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