4th Annual Medical Ethics Symposium: Medical, Cultural, Religious & Ethical Conflicts Encompassing Brain Death When Patients, Families & Healthcare Providers Disagree - 2019

Tuesday August 6, 2019

Conference starts in:

MART Auditorium - Stony Brook, NY
1 Day Conference August 6th, 2019
5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Hours


It is vital that healthcare providers in critical care are fully informed about the current definition of brain death and have the tools to discuss this with families.  When/if conflicts arise, such as family refusal of performing brain death protocol, or lack of acceptance of the concept of brain death, providers need to have the skills and knowledge to discuss these conflicts with the families in a culturally, religiously and ethically appropriate manner.  In general, physicians and others in healthcare under perform in end of life conversations.  Brain death, especially when due to a traumatic and sudden event, is a crucial time to have skills to navigate compassionate and emphatic discussion to assist families and other loved ones during this difficult time.  

The goal of this symposium is to clarify the current definition of brain death.  Objectives also include the skills needed to respectfully handle requests for accommodations based on sincere beliefs while also managing the moral and ethical dilemmas that may arise in critical care providers of care for a patient who is declared brain dead.  

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Dates and Times

Start: 8/6/2019 8:30 AM
End: 8/6/2019 4:00 PM


  • Describe diagnostic factors in determining Brain Injury vs Brain Death.
  • Discuss compassionate approaches when giving bad news.
  • Develop effective strategies for negotiating conflict-ridden decisions encompassing Brain Death when healthcare teams and/or families disagree.
  • Explain how religious and cultural beliefs impact patient care and decision concerning Brian Death Determination.
  • Summarize case based approach to ethical decision making with family refusal to acknowledge Brain Death Determination.
  • Identify ethical and legal issues in Declaring Brain Death.
  • Review factors surrounding determination of Brian Death in infants and children.
  • Discuss the impact of a diagnosis of Brain Death on the health care providers and family (Moral Distress).
  • Describe effective strategies for identifying how provider bias may impact patient care (Age, Gender, Disability, Race, Religion, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Factors, etc.).
  • Explain the ethical issues surrounding organ donation. 


Tier Price
Stony Brook Employees, Faculty & Health Science Students (includes lunch & CME Certificate) $30.00
Non-Stony Brook Employees (includes lunch & CME certificate) $65.00
All Social Workers (includes lunch & CEU certificate) $65.00


MART Auditorium
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11741


The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) . Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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(631) 444-2094
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
HSC, Level 2, Room 142
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8222