Speakers at DeVos Medical Colloquy will discuss adolescent consent

September 13, 2022 (Volume 46, Number 2)
Article by Michele Coffill

at left are composite head shots of Douglas Diekema and Dominic Sisti

Douglas Diekema, at left, and Dominic Sisti will discuss adolescent consent during the DeVos Medical Colloquy, a virtual event on September 26.

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The upcoming DeVos Medical Colloquy will focus on adolescent consent, including case studies in which making decisions for children was especially difficult.

The virtual event is set for Monday, September 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. Register online to receive instructions on how to access the event.

Speakers are detailed below. They will describe the history and ethical reasons behind parental authority and situations when that authority may be limited. The moderator is James B. Fahner, division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

  • Douglas S. Diekema, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine with adjunct appointments in the departments of Bioethics & Humanities and Health Services; and

  • Dominic Sisti, associate professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, who also directs the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and holds secondary appointments in the departments of Psychiatry and Philosophy. 

Held biannually at Grand Valley, the colloquy series was established by the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. Principal sponsors are Grand Valley and Spectrum Health, Trinity Health is a major sponsor.

Questions about the event can be sent via email to [email protected].

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This article was last edited on September 13, 2022 at 9:4 a.m.

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