- Physician-Aid-In-Dying 1h 00min
Physician-Aid-in-Dying is when a physician provides a competent, terminally ill patient with a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. The patient intends to use the medication to end his or her own life. This practice is becoming more common in the United States and there are now five states that have laws in place to permit aid in dying. Currently, 1 in 5 physicians will be asked to aid in a patient’s death at some point in his or her career. The legalization and practice of physician assisted death raises many legal and ethical issues that need to be explored. This webinar will discuss what the practice is and what it is not, the laws in place, the ethics for and against it, as well as provide guidance on how to respond if asked during your career. The course will end with an informative 40 minute documentary.
- Define physician-aid-in-dying
- Understand the difference between the terms physician-aid-in-dying, physician assisted suicide, and euthanasia
- Identify the ethical arguments for and against the practice of physician-aid-in-dying
- Identify ways to respond to a patient who desires to hasten death
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My name is Beth Cleavenger and I am a 2012 University of Montana Pharmacy School graduate. I was born and raised in Montana and moved to Arizona in the summer of 2012 to start my pharmacy career. It was this move would change my life, my health, and the direction of my career forever. In pharmacy school my classmates and I were taught to believe the lie that alternatives to conventional medicine were simply unnecessary and unreliable. We were led to believe that the only medicine and treatments patients could trust were rooted in clinical guidelines and FDA approved drugs. Ironically, after battling a “mysterious” chronic illness for four years it was naturopathic medicine that saved my life.
I was halfway through pharmacy school when my health began to dramatically decline and I wholeheartedly embraced the medical wisdom I thought I had gained. Over the course of three years I went to 7 physicians and 3 specialists only to be dismissed as “normal”. I was hopeless, desperate, and on the verge of needing a medical leave of absence from my job. Realizing I had nothing else to lose, I made an appointment to see a naturopathic physician.
At just 27 years old I was battling a severe case of chronic fatigue syndrome, stage III adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and a number of food intolerances. Little by little I have regained my health back with the help of natural supplements, a real-food diet, and even the anti-viral drug, valacyclovir, for my high Epstein-Barr viral load.
This journey has taught me more than the value and effectiveness of natural and alternative medicine. It has made me not only a more compassionate pharmacist, but a better one. This experience drives me to educate patients, colleagues, and friends on the benefit of integrating both natural and conventional medicine to improve quality of life.
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