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Medical Ethics Conference

Conference Program

Modern medicine creates many new quandaries as it continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Jewish law creatively draws analogies with ancient paradigms to provide guidance through the maze of medical decision making.

The Jewish Medical Ethics Conference at the retreat features interactive discussions between participating medical professionals and Jewish medical ethicists on current, new, and emerging questions in medical ethics.

The Jewish Medical Ethics Conference is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) of the American Medical Association through the joint providership of New York Medical College and the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. New York Medical College is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Conference Objectives

  1. A central aim of this conference is for medical professionals to develop greater sensitivity to how Jewish culture affects patients’ interactions with the health-care system. Participants will identify the ways in which Jewish medical ethics is similar to or different from the secular approaches to medical ethics. They will learn how the Jewish ethical perspective has an impact on a Jewish patient’s medical decisions and state of mind.
  2. Participants will obtain a greater familiarity with the Jewish legal complexities pertaining to ethical medical decisions. They will also understand what medical information is needed by rabbis and Jewish clergy who wish to advise their patients on matters of Jewish medical ethics.
  3. Participants will gain insight into the ethical quandaries they face as medical practitioners and the Jewish ethical view of their role as experts and healers in the community.