DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

Adolescent Consent: Who Decides?

Monday, September 26, 2022 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET)

Our program will describe factors that impede the understanding and engagement with the science of medicine, share strategies to assess and address trust in science in clinical practice, and explain how to best engage patients with the science of vaccines and treatments.

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:

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kirkhof College of Nursing, Grand Valley State University

GVSU Deans:
Dr. Katherine Moran, Kirkhof College of Nursing
Dr. Jackie Zhang, College of Health Professions
Dr. Jennifer Drake, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Paul Farr, MD
Retired Physician and Colloquy Planning Committee Member

6:20 p.m.

Commentary and Speaker Introductions:

James B. Fahner, M.D.

Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 

Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development at Michigan State University

6:30 p.m.


"Decision Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescence"
Dr. Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine with adjunct appointments in the Departments of Bioethics & Humanities and Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health

"On the Cusp of Capacity? Healthcare Decision-Making with and for Minors"
Dominic Sisti, PhD

Associate professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Directs the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry. Directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program, and the Department of Philosophy.

7:45 p.m.

Question and Answer Segment


8:15 p.m.


Notes and Reminders

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We Thank Our Sponsors!

Colloquy Principal Sponsors

Spectrum Health
Grand Valley State University

Major Sponsor:

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