Presenters at virtual DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy will discuss futile treatment

Presenters at the DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy will discuss the continuation of medical care that would be unlikely to produce significant benefits for a patient.

"The Ethics of Futile Treatment" will be presented via a Zoom webinar Monday, October 5, from 6-8:10 p.m. Registration continues online through October 3 at

Speakers are Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, associate professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University; and Dr. Stuart Youngner, professor of bioethics and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine. Dr. Simin Beg, division chief of hospice and palliative care for Spectrum Health, will serve as moderator.

Bosslet co-founded IU Talk, a communication skills workshop for practicing physicians, and has helped train more than 700 people in empathic communication skills. Five years ago, he served as co-chair of a task force that created guidelines for clinicians to handle disputed requests for treatment received in intensive care units.

Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics. He co-directed a national task force that examined the need for standards for ethics committees and clinical ethics consultation.

Continuing education credits are offered for medical education, nursing and social work; visit the website for details. Questions can be sent via email to Diane Dykstra,

The colloquy is sponsored by GVSU's Vice Provost for Health, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, and Metro Health University of Michigan Health. Held biannually at Grand Valley, the colloquy series was established by the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.

Headshots of Dr. Stuart Youngner and Dr. Gabriel Bosslet
From left are Drs. Stuart Youngner and Gabriel Bosslet, who will give presentations during the October 5 DeVos Medical Colloquy.
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