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The Ohio State University College of Medicine—LECTURE: Physician Assisted Suicide: A Legal Discussion

November 15, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


All are welcome to attend discussion of this controversial topic, hosted by BRI-OSUMC. Refreshments will be served. Please use the green “Register” button top right so that we can be sure to have enough food for everyone.

The legal landscape of physician practices is a scarce topic in medical school education. This discussion will clearly cover the legal status and language of Physician Assisted Suicide (or Physician Assisted Death, “PAD”) in the US and internationally, the future of PAD in the U.S., and the ethical considerations brought forth by both sides of the argument.

The short HBO Vice episode “Right to Die” (2016) will be shown at the beginning of the hour.

OSU’s Courtney Thiele, JD, MA, 2015-2016 Clinical Bioethics Fellow, OSU COM Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities will lead the discussion.

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Thirty (30) students attended. The short HBO Vice episode “Right to Die” (2016) was shown at the beginning of the hour to present the topic and compare domestic & international perspectives on physician assisted suicide. The video discussed the current legal status of PAS, and there were multiple interviews with many individuals seeking their “right to die.” The video ended by showing a woman in the Netherlands ending her life with physician assistance.

Following the video presentation, Courtney discussed the difference in terminology surrounding Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS), or Physician Aided Dying (PAD), the current state of its legality in the US, Canada and worldwide, and finally brought forth the ethical considerations. This was followed by stimulating Q&A.


November 15, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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TJ France
(216) 219-4053


OSUMC, Meiling Hall #160
370 W 9th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210 United States
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