EM1507F "Physician Aid in Dying: The American Experience" (IM GR-072415)

This Grand Rounds presentation is intended to leave the audience with an understanding of the history of Physician Assisted Suicide in the United States, the current legislative landscape, and what the experience with PAD has been in areas where it is legal. It will include a discussion of the how the practice is conducted, which patients are likely to request and receive the intervention, and what both proponents and opponents feel the nation should move in the future to ensure optimal end-of-life care. 


Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, commnity physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to: 

  • Understand the process for requesting Physician Aid in Dying under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act 

  • Identify which patients are most likely to request Physician Aid in Dying 

  • List at least one moral argument supporting Physician Aid in Dying and more moral argument against. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Ethics
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Photo: Elizabeth Paulk, MDElizabeth Paulk, MD
Program Director, Palliative Care Fellowship Program
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Associate Professor
Division of General Internal Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 1.00 Ethics


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Required Hardware/software

Hardware/software requirements: Activities should be run with recent versions of common browers, including Internet Explorere, Firefox and Google Chrome.