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Dartmouth — Debate: Physician Aid in Dying — Should it Be Legal? 3 Viewpoints

June 1, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm


NOTE: This event takes place in the Eastern Time Zone.

A pre-event cheese and crackers reception begins at 6:45 pm.

Please join us for an evening of lively, thought-provoking debate as we look at three views on physician aid in dying. What are the moral, ethical, and medical ramifications of the question? How do we take care of the dying in a way that supports their and their family’s wishes, while observing the many religious and scientific aspects of these decisions? Ultimately, who decides — the patient, the family, the society, or the physician?

We are proud to present three distinguished experts on the matter:

Green  Dr. Ronald Green, Professor of Religion/Dartmouth, Schwartz_Peter260x260BW  Peter Schwartz, Retired Chairman of the Board of the Ayn Rand Institute, and Robert Macauley, M.D.  Dr. Robert Macauley, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine.

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: This event went really well —  especially as the first large event for the BRI-Dartmouth Chapter. The topic choice was a success in that it attracted people interested in the intersection of medicine and ethics, including from the medical school and the ethics department at Dartmouth Hitchcock hospital. The mix of viewpoints that we invited was a strong point. We had one speaker against physician aid in dying and two for it, but the two for it had enough differences in the underlying reasons that there was still plenty of variety.

The moderator (Jared Rhoads, MPH’16, creator of healthpolicy.tv) gave introduced the topic, made all of the typical “housekeeping” announcements, and introduced each speaker. Each speaker was given 12 minutes to do an opening statement from the lectern. This was followed by a round of responses, which was tricky with a three-person format. We didn’t spend too much time on that, and shortly moved on to audience Q&A. There were some passionate voices in the audience (and some lengthy comments) but there weren’t any inappropriate speeches or hostile questions.

We were very pleased with the turnout from the faculty, the general Dartmouth community, and medical students. Unfortunately, there weren’t many undergrads there, which was a little disappointing.

Everyone enjoyed the pre-event refreshments and networking time.


June 1, 2015
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
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Jared Rhoads
(978) 335-8428


Dartmouth, Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
Maynard Street
Hanover, NH 03755 United States
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