Office of Professional and Educational Development

21st CPSNL Medical Ethics Public Lecture - Ethical Issues in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Local and Global Perspectives

Location: Online Event: Via WebEx

Date: 19 March 2021

Description

21st College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Ethics Public Lecture

Ethical Issues in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Local and Global Perspectives
Presented by: Ross Upshur BA (Hons.), MA ,MD, MSc, MCFP, FRCPC, FCAHS

Dr. Upshur is currently the Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health and Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and Associate Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health. At the University of Toronto, he is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, affiliate member of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Member

of the Centre for Environment and Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He is a Staff Physician at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 20 Pioneers in Family Medicine Research in Canada by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and was a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair from 2005-2015. He is past chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and current chair of the Ethics Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. During COVID-19 he has served as the co-Chair of the WHO Ethics and COVID-19 Working group and is a member of the WHO ACTA Ethics and Governance Working Group. Additionally he has served on the Ontario COVID-19 Bioethics Table and the COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Sub-Group.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • describe ethical issues as they arise in the context of pandemics
  • outline some of the key ethical issues that have arisen globally and locally during COVID-19 pandemic with a particular focus on physicians duty to care
  • present possible solutions/approaches to these issues through the application of ethical frameworks

The Office of Professional and Educational Development (OPED), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows OPED to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.