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The 48th Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees - Healthcare in a Small Town: When Close is Too Close

Although policies such as HIPAA delineate professional boundaries in health care, the ethical boundaries between one's personal and professional life may not be as clearly defined in a small town. This conference aims to explore and discuss the ethical conflicts that arise in a rural health care system when personal and professional boundaries collide.

Activity Details
Start Date: October 1, 2018
End Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 11:45 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditoria E & F
Lebanon, NH
Download: Event Flyer

Registration for this event has closed. There is still space available. If you would like to attend, you may register as a walk-in the day of the conference. For walk-in registration questions, please e-mail Judith.M.Langhans@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only.

The registration fees are as follows:

  • D-H and Member Organization Employees, D-H and Member Organization Ethics committee members as well as UVM Ethics committee members and Community members of ethics committees: No Charge (advance registration required for planning purposes)
  • NEAH Hospital Employees: $22.50
  • Others: $45

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after that date. A $10 administrative fee for a registration fee will be retained on all refunds requested before the registration deadline. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Speakers & Topics
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Introduction and Welcome
~ Cathy Shubkin, MD
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Maintaining Patient Confidentiality in Small Communities
~ Erin MacPhail
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Clinical Boundary Issues
~ Susan Reeves, EdD, RN
~ Roshini Pinto-Powell, MD
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Case Discussion
Led By:
~ Cathy Shubkin, MD
~ Maureen Kaplan, PhD, LICSW
4:00 pm Adjourn
Target Audience

Members of ethics committees throughout the region as well as anyone interested in clinical ethics.

Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss the ethical challenges that arise when professional and personal boundaries collide in a rural healthcare system.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 3 contact hours.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please e-mail Judith.M.Langhans@hitchcock.org for the status.

Receiving Credit

The follow steps must be completed in order to receive credit for this event:

  • Register for the event online
  • Attend the event or session(s). A credit tracking sheet will be provided.
  • Complete the online evaluation - Must be submitted within 30 days after the activity

    Accessing the Online Evaluation (The evaluation is available the day after the event)

  • Log onto https://ce.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/login.aspx
  • Click on the My Activities link in the left side menu. Then click on the name of the activity you attended.
  • Click on the Resume button.
  • Click the Continue button until the Evaluation tab is active, and then click the Launch button.
  • Fill out the evaluation and then click submit. Credits will then be applied to your transcript. You can view your updated transcript by clicking on the "View Transcript" button.

View the Completing an Evaluation and Claiming Credit tutorial.

For questions or technical support, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

Additional Information

For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org.

For accessibility needs, dietary or any other requests, please email Judith.M.Langhans@hitchcock.org.

If you do not wish to be included on the conference participant list, please email clpd.support@hitchcock.org to inform us.

The CME and CNE Offices are not liable for expenses incurred by participants due to cancellation or changes in programs.

Parking - In order to accommodate and best serve our patients’ parking needs, we request that all weekday conference and meeting attendees park in Lot 9 and use the Lot 9 shuttle service. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes - please allow enough time to accommodate this. For weekend meetings and conferences, onsite parking is permitted. View directions & map to Lot 9.

DHMC Floorplan - Please visit the DHMC Floor Maps page for specific directions on locating the conference room. If your room is not shown, please stop at the information desk for directions.

Area Accommodations - For a list of lodging options in the vicinity of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center please visit our lodging page.

Type:     Live Activity
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