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The 50th Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees, Physician Aid-in-Dying: The Controversy Continues

Physician aid-in-dying refers to a prescription by a physician of a lethal dose of medication to a patient, upon their request and under certain conditions. The practice enables the patient to take the medication if they choose to hasten their death.The goal is to allow the patient to control the time and manner of his or her closely approaching death so as to preserve personal dignity and prevent potentially refractory pain and distress. Although physician aid-in-dying is legal in several states including Vermont and Maine, the issue remains controversial. Whatever their position on the controversy, health care professionals have an ethical duty to be knowledgeable about this evolving end of life option. Join us as we discuss the ethics of this emotional and sensitive issue.

The planning committee would like to acknowledge the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation for its support of this educational offering.

Activity Details
Start Date: October 7, 2019
End Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:45 pm (Registration 10:30 - 11:00 am)
Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Auditorium G
Lebanon, NH
Download: Event Flyer

Registration for this event is full. For event questions, or if you would like to be added to the wait list, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online and by credit card only. 

The registration fees are as follows:

  • Vermont and New Hampshire Ethics Committee Members: No Charge (advance registration required for planning purposes)
  • Students currently enrolled in school and not currently employed: No Charge (advance registration required for planning purposes)
  • Others: $25

For a need-based scholarship, please contact Amanda Sanchez at Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

If you need to cancel your registration, please call (603) 653-1234 or email clpd.support@hitchcock.org. Cancellations should be made 10 days in advance. If you need to cancel within 10 of this event please email: Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org

Please note that we provide a simple light breakfast and/or lunch depending on conference times: options are limited. If you have specific dietary needs, please plan to bring your food with you to the conference. For conferences that are held on-site at DHMC, there are several options available for food purchases including our two hospital cafeterias.

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. There will be no refunds after the registration deadline has been reached. 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
10:30 am - 11:00 am Registration
11:00 am - 11:15 am Welcome
~ Hilary Ryder, MD
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Physician-Assisted Death: Historical Perspective and Ethical Debate                     
~ James L. Bernat, MD
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Vermont Act 39: Patient Choice and Control at End-of-Life
~ Cynthia Bruzzese, MPA, MSB
12:45 pm - 1:45 am Lunch and Networking 
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Requests for Hastened Death
~ Meredith A. MacMartin, MD, MS
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Logistics of Vermont's Physician Assisted Death
~ Cristine Maloney, MD, HMDC
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Panel Discussion
~ James Bernat, MD
~ Cynthia Bruzzese, MPA, MSB
~ Meredith MacMartin, MD, MS
~ Christine Maloney, MD, HMDC
~ Elizabeth Kreski, MSN, RN, CHPN
4:45 pm Adjourn
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to discuss at least two ethical challenges that arise when physician aid-in-dying is requested by a patient or family.


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 4.25 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 4.25 contact hours.

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted, please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org to check on the status of this application.

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)

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  • 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 Amanda.E.Sanchez@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.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employees - Tuition fees must be paid online by credit card. D-H Accounts Payable will no longer process internal transfers of registration fees. Individuals must pay online with a credit card and then seek reimbursement, if appropriate.

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.

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