Samford Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute Hosts Annual Conference

Published on March 7, 2017 by Philip Poole  
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by Olivia Odom

Registration is open for Samford University’s Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute’s annual conference on April 21.

The conference is a one-day event, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and will take place in the Regions Community Resource Room in Cooney Hall at Samford University. 

This year’s conference will cover one of today’s biggest issues in health care ethics and law, “Pain Management in an Era of Opioid Abuse.”

“There are few subjects more prominent on the minds of health care practitioners, attorneys, ethicists, institutional ethics committees, practice managers, and yes, even consumers, generally, than opioid abuse,” said Michael Hogue, associate dean for Samford’s Center for Faith and Health. “Together with our conference presenters, we will examine the ethical framework for ensuring effective pain management to those in need, while at the same time curtailing the opioid epidemic.”

The conference will include speakers with a variety of backgrounds and expertise:

Andrea Collins, assistant professor for graduate nursing, Samford, and practicing family nurse practitioner
Maryam Iranikha, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Samford
David N. Juurlink, staff internist and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada
Stefan G. Kertesz, associate professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Thomas J. Kopec, assistant professor and director of undergraduate athletic training, Samford
Dennis Sansom, professor and chair of philosophy, Samford
Denis Tanner, associate pastor of spiritual formation and students, Shades Crest Baptist Church, Birmingham

This is the first year the conference is offering online participation through WebEx. Organizers hope it will expand the opportunities for health care practitioners across the country to join the conversation.

Advanced registration is encouraged as seating is limited, Hogue said. Program tuition costs $79 for in-person participation and $49 for online participants.

Continuing education hours are available in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, social work and physical therapy.

Olivia Odom is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the College of Health Sciences.

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