Healthcare Practitioners, Policymakers to Gather for Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Bioethics Conference Nov. 1 in Jacksonville, FL

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Wolfson Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network, will host the Sixth Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference on Friday, November 1, 2013.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Florida Bioethics Network, will host the Sixth Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference on Friday, November 1, 2013.

The all-day conference will be held at the University Center, University of North Florida, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, with registration and continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.

“The Pediatric Bioethics Conference is one of the most important educational opportunities that Wolfson Children’s facilitates every year,” says Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin. “It really gives the healthcare community in the region a chance to stay current on best practices and reinforces Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s commitment to quality, ethical pediatric health care both inside and outside of the hospital setting.”

Session topics and speakers for this year’s conference include:

  •     Decision-Making in the Pediatric Intensive Care Environment

Vicki Forman, MFA, RN, Author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood; Winner of the PEN Center USA Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize, Los Angeles, CA

  •     Conscientious Objection

Toby Schonfeld, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Director, Master of Arts in Bioethics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

  •     Childhood Obesity (panel)

Ray Moseley, PhD, Bioethics, Law and Medical Professionalism; Director, CTSI Academy of Research Excellence, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL
Jonathan Constantin, DO, FACC, Diagnostic Cardiology Associates, St Vincent’s Health, Jacksonville, FL
George P. Beckwith, Jr., Regional Director, Department of Children and Families and Children’s Legal Services, Northeast Region, Daytona Beach, FL
Aurea Thompson MSH, RD, CSP, LD/N, Pediatric Dietitian, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

  •     Discussing Death with Children

Joanna A. Lyman, MA, CCLS, Child Life Specialist, LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, TN

  •     Ethical Complexities in Near-Drowning Incidents

Sabrina F. Derrington, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, IL; Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Palliative Care, Chicago, IL

  •     Using Behavior Contracts

Tara L. Adyanthaya, JD, MBE, TL, Healthcare Ethics Consulting & Mediation, LLC, Decatur, GA

This conference is for ethics committee members, healthcare practitioners and public policy experts who are consistently faced with difficult ethical challenges. It will provide education surrounding such challenges, and an opportunity to engage peers from across the region to learn what others are doing to cope with the ethical issues that arise in pediatric health care. In addition to the scheduled sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with peers from across the region.

The cost is $55 in advance and $95 at the door. Registration includes admission to program sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment break and course syllabus. Registration may be completed online using a credit card at For more information, contact the Florida Bioethics Network at 305.243.5723 or Michelle Spencer at masismore222(at)gmail(dot)com.


About Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, serves as our region’s pediatric referral center and only hospital just for kids. The 213-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features an environment filled with bright colors, warm smiles and the latest children’s medical technology. At Wolfson Children’s, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, orthopaedic conditions, behavioral health disorders, and more. The hospital is staffed by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children. Wolfson Children’s pediatric partners include Nemours Children’s Clinic, the University of Florida Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, please visit

About the University of North Florida
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education. U.S. News & World Report has named the University of North Florida a “Best Regional” university in its 2013 edition of “Best Colleges,” which includes rankings and data of more than 1,600 schools nationwide. To learn more, visit

About the Florida Bioethics Network
The Florida Bioethics Network is dedicated to the understanding and resolution of ethical and legal problems arising in healthcare and medical research in Florida’s hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, managed care organizations and teaching institutions. If you’d like more information, you can access their website at or contact Ken Goodman at 305.243.5723.

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