4th International Jewish Medical Ethics Conference

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Program Date(s): 
4:00 PM Thursday Aug 16, 2012 to 12:30 PM Sunday Aug 19, 2012
Leaders & Speakers: 
Dr. Beni Gesundheit,
Dr. Daniel Berman,
Rabbi Dr. Avraham Steinberg,
Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt,
Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai,
Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman
15 CME Credits Available

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The Heritage Hotel, located in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, feels a world away from everyday urban life with its timeless New England style. Facilities include golf, spa services, heated pools, tennis, basketball, racquetball, and more. Our fascinating speakers will offer lectures, shiurim, panel discussions, and text-based learning. Scholarships offered to outstanding students. Once again, Prestige Caterers will be providing delicious, imaginative, freshly-prepared meals for our dining pleasure. This event is approved for up to 15 credits by the Office for Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE). The Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Through a reciprocal agreement between the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University designates this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) up to the maximum number of credit hours noted above. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Full Schedule (tentative)

Thursday, August 16

4:00-6:00 pm - Registration
5:30 pm Mincha
6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 -8:30 pm Jewish Medical Ethics: The Year in Review
7:00-7:10 - Welcome & Opening Remarks - Rabbi J. Kelman
7:10-7:50 – New Developments in Israel - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
7:50-8:30 – Medical Halacha Update 5772 - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

Friday, August 17

7:30 am Shacharit
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

Controversies in Brit Mila:
9:00– 9:30 – Metzitza bePeh is Dangerous – Dr. B. Gesundheit
9:30-10:00 – Metzitza bePeh is Not Dangerous - Dr. D. Berman
10:00 -10:30 – Should One Take a Risk on Metzitza bePeh? – Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
10:30-11:00 – Panel Discussion
11:00-11:20 –Nutrition break

Contemporary Issues in Organ Transplantation:
11:20-11:50 –Defining Brain Death: What Did the Gedolim Really Say? Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
11:50-12:20 –Donation After Cardiac Death - Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD
12:20-12:50 –Compensation for Organ Transplants – Rabbi E. Reichman, MD
12:50- 1:20 - Panel Discussion
1:20 – Lunch

Student Symposium 2:00 - 3:30

Shabbat Program:
6:00 pm - Daf Yomi: Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
6:15 pm - Rav Kook and the Obligation to Heal: Dr. Beni Gesundheit
7:15 pm - Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat
8:00 pm - Shabbat Dinner

Oneg Shabbat:
9:15 pm – Six Secrets That Matchmakers Know: Rebbetzin Margie Glatt

Saturday, August 18 – Morning Program:

8:00 am - Parshat Hashavua - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
8:30 am - Shacharit
11:00 am – Kiddush

11:30-12:30 – Learning Programs: Parallel Sessions
(1) Physicians and the Laws of Yichud (text-based study) – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
(2) Parsha shiur – Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD
(3) Practicing Medicine Based on the Talmud: Good or Bad Idea? - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
(4) Student track: Does Halacha Permit Choosing Medicine as a Career? - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

12:45 pm - Lunch

Saturday, August 18 - Afternoon Program:

5:30 pm - Daf Yomi: Rabbi Aaron Glatt, MD
6:30-7:30 pm - Learning Programs: Parallel Sessions
(1) Physicians and the Laws of Yichud (text-based study) – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
(2) The Resuscitation of Halachah: Episodes of Resuscitation in Rabbinic Literature Used in Contemporary Halakhic Discussions - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD
(3) Jewish Medical Ethics: A Window Into Jewish Philosophy – Dr. B. Gesundheit
(4) Student Track: Successful Ehrlich Healthcare Professionals Without Compromising Halacha or Career: An Oxymoron?- Rabbi A.E. Glatt, MD

7:30 pm - Mincha
7:45 pm - Seudat Shlishit – Ask the Experts: Question and Answers for the Panel
9:30 pm - Maariv

Sunday, August 19

7:00 am - Daf Yomi - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
7:30 am - Shacharit
8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast

Elective Medicine & Halacha:
9:00– 9:30 – Elective Induction of Labour - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD
9:30-10:00 – Nose Job for a Shidduch? Plastic Surgery Through the Prism of Halacha - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD
10:00-10:20 – Nutrition break
10:20 -10:50 – Fetal reduction - Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD
10:50-11:30 – The Good Samaritan in Halacha - Dr. B. Gesundheit
11:30-12:00 – The Medical Halakhah Book Club: My Sister's Keeper in Jewish Law
(Topics to include the savior sibling, organ donation of a minor and coercing medical therapy) - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD
12:00 – Adjourn