On March 6, Nancy Berlinger, PhD, Research Scholar at the Hastings Center, spoke at the 88th Annual Alumni Postgraduate Convention as the 2020 Jack W. Provonsha Lecturer. Her presentation, entitled “After harm: truth-telling, apology, repair, and forgiveness in healthcare,” explored medical error, harm, and forgiveness from the perspective of healthcare ethics, theology, and personal narrative. The lecture reflected her previous work in medical error and forgiveness, most notably seen in her 2007 book, “After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness.” The lecture was followed by a panel response from Christopher Church, MD, Christian Johnston, JD, and Grace Oei, MD, MA, local leaders in medical truth telling, medical law, and clinical ethics, respectively.
On February 13, 2020, Dr. Jukes Namm, Loma Linda University's surgical oncologist and clinical ethicist, presented at Bioethics Grand Rounds. His lecture, Medical Innovation or Human Experimentation? Primum Non Nocere, explored the ethical issues that should be considered for innovative medical interventions and addressed our moral obligation to patients, contrasting differences in innovation and research.
On February 9, Kate Bowler spoke for the Bioethics Convocation at Loma Linda University. She shared her work on the prosperity gospel and her book Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, detailing her experience of getting stage-4 colon cancer at 35 years-old. Kate Bowler explored life after things come apart and what might be better than being perfect: being human. The presentation was preceded by a Contributor Convocation Luncheon attended by faculty scholars and contributors.
In January, the Center of Christian Bioethics released a new podcast series entitled "A Scholarly Meeting." This podcast series will feature faculty from Loma Linda Univeristy discussing topics in ethics, religion, and philosophy. The first episode of the podcast featuring Dr. Gerald Winslow's work on Social Christian Ethics is now available for listening under the Resources page of the website.
On November 19, Dr. Gina Mohr, Dr. Grace Oei, and Dr. Gerald Winslow hosted a webinar entitled Ethics and Palliative Care: Five Questions about Palliation, Opioids, and Pain Management. This webinar explained the differences between Palliative Care and Hospice, evaluated opioid management strategies for patients with life limiting diseases, and analyzed the ethical implications of pain management in patients who are actively dying. The video recording will be available to ABC members on the Adventist Bioethics Consortium (ABC) website.