Ethics Grand Rounds: Dual Agency, Population Health and Professional Responsibility in Contemporary Healthcare Delivery

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 A traditional ethic of medicine asserts that physicians have special obligations to individual patients with whom they have a clinical relationship. Professionalism requires that physicians uphold the best interests of patients while simultaneously insuring just use of health care resources.

Yet contemporary trends in US healthcare financing like bundled payments seem to threaten traditional conceptions of special obligations of individual physicians to individual patients; their population-based focus sets a tone emphasizing responsibilities of physicians working within organizations to groups of patients served by those organizations.

Likewise, while, population health has the potential to improve patient care and health outcomes for individual patients, specific population health activities may not be in every patient's best interest in every circumstance. This can create ethical tensions for individual physicians and other health care professionals practicing within health systems with population health strategies.

In this talk Dr. Tilburt will explore how different framings of physician professional responsibilities introduce tensions, contradictions, and the need for fresh thinking in how we conceptualize and talk about professional responsibility in contemporary healthcare delivery.
In this talk Dr. Jon Tilburt, Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic will explore how different framings of physician professional responsibilities introduce tensions, contradictions, and the need for fresh thinking in how we conceptualize and talk about professional responsibility in contemporary healthcare delivery. Dr. Tilburt will share his remarks from the perspective of a practicing physician and engage the audience on the potential implications of the issues he raises for other healthcare professionals and interprofessional teams. A recording of this event will be available on this webpage shortly after the event. 
 
This is an event of the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA) hosted by the Center for Bioethics.
 
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Dr. Tilburt is a professor of medicine and biomedical ethics at Mayo Clinic where he has been on staff since 2007. He trained in philosophy, internal medicine, and health services research. He studies and writes about ethics and professionalism while conducting grant-funded research on communication and decision making in healthcare delivery. He’s inspired by a desire to recover and reinvent human connection in industrialized healthcare, striving to insure care is meaningful and fitting. 
 
 
The Center for Bioethics' Ethics Grand Rounds feature noted local, national, and international bioethics scholars who lecture on a wide variety of ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The lectures are held monthly over the noon hour during the academic year on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Lectures are free and open to the public.
This event is eligible for Interprofessional Education (IPE) creditThis means that Ethics Grand Rounds sessions offer a valuable interprofessional learning experience that has been carefully designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to expand upon your skills and knowledge in preparation for your future as collaborative health professional. Inclusion in the 1Health interprofessional education curriculum also means that upon participation in and successful completion of an Ethics Grand Rounds session, a record demonstrating your involvement in this experience will be added to your personal "1Health IPE Transcript" which can be accessed via the 1Health Database.

Contact jaco0947@umn.edu about receiving IPE credit. 

Event date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm