Speaker Objectives

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy
Event Title: Adolescent Consent: Who Decides?
September 26, 2022


  1. Discuss the historical, ethical, and legal reasons why parents and granted authority to make decisions on behalf of the child.
  2. Describe the legal and ethical aspects of adolescent consent in the medical field
  3. Elaborate on the Harm Principle as the standard to identify when interference with parental decision-making is justified.
  4. Demonstrate conversations with both children and their guardians regarding medical decisions
  5. Describe case examples to explain complex decision-making for children.

James B. Fahner, M.D. (Moderator)
Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development at Michigan State University
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan


  • Dominic Sisti, Ph.D.
    Associate professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Speaker Presentation Title: On the Cusp of Capacity?  Healthcare Decision-Making with and for Minors
  • Douglas S. 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
  • Speaker Presentation Title: Decision Making on Behalf of Children and Adolescents

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