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Georgetown University — PANEL DISCUSSION: How to preserve your conscience while practicing medicine

April 11, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


How to preserve your conscience while practicing medicine

Please join us for refreshments and a free lecture with two outstanding people in their fields. Dr. Paul Kempen and Matt Bowman, Esq. will be speaking to medical students about how they can strive to maintain their conscience once they are practicing physicians. During the course of a medical career it is inevitable that a physician will be put in a position that may violate their conscience. Understanding how to handle such a situation and understanding how to practice medicine such that you do not violate your conscience is vital for future physicians.

Matthew S. Bowman, Esq., serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Life. Bowman has BRI Matt Bowman, Esq. preserve conscience practicing medicinefocused his legal efforts on promoting a culture of life, leading the fight against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers to provide employees with healthcare coverage that includes early abortion items and birth control in violation of their religious convictions.



Dr. Paul KempenBRI Paul Kempen, MD preserve conscience practicing medicine attended medical school in Freiburg, Germany in the 1980’s and is a practicing Anesthesiologist in Cleveland, OH. He currently practices at The Cleveland Clinic and is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kempen is board certified in Anesthesiology and also practices at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Anesthesiology in Lorain, OH.


BRI medical ethics Paul Kempen

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: BRI-Georgetown and the Catholic Medical Association sponsored this presentation for 25 interested medical students, faculty and staff. Dr. Kempen spoke on medical ethics providing examples of what he and other doctors have encountered in the realm of ethical concerns while practicing medicine. He made sure to explain that it is always wise to choose your ethical battles carefully, and that ethical consults are always available, even to medical students. On the other hand, Matt Bowman spoke on medical ethics with a thesis of “doctor autonomy enables patient choice.” Mr. Bowman reasoned that forcing all doctors to practice medicine as the government or medical elite see fit reduces patient choices. For example, some patients who may be pro-life may have a desire only to receive care from doctors who are also pro-life.

BRI medical ethics Matt Bowman

“Both speakers were excellent.” ~Second year medical student
“Mr. Bowman had a very well reasoned and logical presentation.” ~Second year medical student


April 11, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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John Grimsley
(443) 496-0410


Georgetown University Preclinical Sciences, Room LA-2
3900 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007 United States
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