DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

Triage and the Allocation of Scarce Resources

Monday, September 27, 2021 (6 p.m. - 8:10 p.m. ET)

A worldwide pandemic stretched American hospitals to the breaking point. For the first time, many Americans were faced with the possibility of having their clinical care decisions guided by a shortage of the resources essential for care. Our program will look back on the past two years and address the ethical considerations faced by physicians and health care providers when the supply of medical resources cannot meet the demand. The discussion will explore the process of determining the ethical distribution of those scarce resources.

This event will be held virtually. Instructions for logging in and how to request continuing education credit will be sent ahead of the event.




6:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Acting Dean, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University

Paul Farr, MD
Retired Physician and Colloquy Planning Committee Member

6:10 p.m.

Commentary and Speaker Introductions:

MarKay Riippa, D. Bioethics, MA, BSN, RN, CNML, HEC-C (Moderator) 
Clinical Services Manager, Mercy Health Saint Mary's The Lacks Cancer Center

6:25 p.m.


Ethical and policy controversies regarding COVID vaccines

Bernard Lo, M.D.
President and CEO,
The Greenwall Foundation

Equitably allocating critical care resources during crises

Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D.
John M. Eisenberg Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Director, Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine



7:35 p.m.

Question and Answer Segment


8:10 p.m.


Notes and Reminders

This event is offered via Zoom webinar. 

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Passcode: 096191
Or Telephone: US: +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 932 7087 8618

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We Thank Our Sponsors!

Principal Sponsors

Grand Valley State University

Spectrum Health

Major Sponsor

Mercy Health

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