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The 51st Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees: Navigating Decision-Making Capacity Amid Mental Illness

Decision-making capacity can be challenging to assess in patients with mental health diagnoses. Clinicians often struggle with the balance between a desire to respect autonomy and a duty to protect. In this conference, we will discuss challenges in decision-making capacity assessment involving adult and pediatric patients with mental health diagnoses (such as eating disorders). We will also discuss pragmatic management approaches, including invocation of a Ulysses clause.

Activity Details
Start Date: October 25, 2021
End Date: October 25, 2021
Time: 11:50 am - 4:15 pm (Log in: 11:50 am - 12:00 pm)
Location: Virtual - Webex
Download: Event Flyer

Registration for this event has closed. For questions, please e-mail Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org.

Registration is online only. There is no registration fee but advance registration is required for planning purposes.

The virtual conference meeting access link will be emailed to registered participants 24 – 48 hours prior to the start of the activity.

Preregistration and payment required. The registration deadline is 10 days prior to the activity date. For registration questions, please e-mail clpd.support@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-1234.

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

Attention Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees: By signing up to attend this training, you are agreeing to attend and D-H is allocating resources for your attendance and participation. If you are not able to attend, as soon as possible you must provide the appropriate notification, ideally more than 24 hour notice in advance (unless your supervisor verifies in writing (email) that emergent circumstances prevented your attendance). If you do not attend the training and fail to provide appropriate notice, you may receive corrective action from your supervisor.

Speakers & Topics
11:50 am - 12:00 pm Log in
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm Welcome
~ Cathy Shubkin, MD
12:05 pm - 1:00 pm Capacity Assessment
~ Christine Finn, MD
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eating Disorders
~ Devendra (Dev) Thakur, MD
~ John Corbett, MD
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Uncomfortable Ethical Quandaries Inherent When Psychiatrically Ill Children are Boarded on Non-psychiatric Pediatric Floors
~ Steven C. Schlozman, MD
~ Ellen K. D. Sejkora, PhD
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Ulysses Clause
~ Cindy Bruzzese, MPA, MSB, HEC-C
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to discuss current issues related to ethical dilemmas posed by patients with mental illness who are asked to make a health care related decision.


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 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 nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 4 contact hours.

An application for 4.0 social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please email Amanda.E.Sanchez@hitchcock.org to check on the status of this application. Please note: Social workers must attend 80% of the program to claim the credit.

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.

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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.

Type:     Live Activity
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