American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Session Code: PS323
Title: Should Surgeons Care for Their Family Members?
Date and Time of Session: Wednesday, October 30: 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center - Room: MS 303-304
Description: Physicians have been discouraged from providing medical care to their family members. Yet, physicians may feel obliged to become involved in their care. Family members may feel more comfortable asking a physician-family member for care. Can the emotional attachment lead to inadequate objectivity assessing conditions? Can altered objectivity compromise treatment? What are the consequences to patient autonomy, privacy, and the ability to give informed consent? What is the emotional toll when adverse events occur? Most agree that in the case of a life-threatening emergency and the absence of an appropriately trained surgeon, a physician should not hesitate to provide care, yet how do we ensure exceptions are not abused? How should surgeons act when family members are cared for by surgeons of the same specialty?
CME Credit Hours: 1.5
Webcast Package Available: Yes
Audio Package Available: Yes
Ethics (ETH), Rural Surgery (RUS)
Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates:
Sponsored By:
Advisory Council for General Surgery, Committee on Ethics
Program Participants:
Fabrizio Michelassi, MD, FACS
Matthew B. Rossi, MD, FACS
Speaker Does Severity of Illness Influence Whether to Operate on a Relative?
Peter Angelos, MD, FACS
Speaker Does Convenience of Routine Care Delivery Influence Whether to Operate on a Relative?
Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS, FCCM
Speaker Does Geographic Distance for Care Delivery Influence Whether to Operate on a Relative?
Scott B. Grant, MD, MBE
Speaker Does Exceptional Competence Influence Whether to Operate on a Relative?
Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS
Questions and Answers