Series date: 
07/01/2022 - 7:00am CDT to 06/30/2023 - 4:00pm CDT

Please check the individual session for location or broadcast availability.  



Series Director

Michael E. Speer, MD

Target Audience and Needs

Physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, nurses, and nurse practitioners in a pediatric or neonatology specialty need to review complex cases with an ethicist to resolve challenging issues in neonatal care and to discern an ethical approach to treatment of critically ill neonates when continued care is questionable.  The series aims to expand the knowledge of learners about the role of ethics in clinical decision-making, encourage learners to apply ethical principles in clinical practice, enhance the quality of neonatal care, and improve patient outcomes when possible.

Educational Methods

Educational methods will include lectures, case presentations, and panel discussion.


At the conclusion of the sessions, the participants should be able to:

  • Identify the role that ethics should play in the decision-making process in the complex neonatal patient with life-threatening conditions.
  • Inform both the general pediatrician and the pediatric subspecialist of ethical concepts that must be examined as fiduciary of the patient.
  • Incorporate ethical principles into the daily care of ill neonates to improve the care provided to those infants.
  • Develop strategies to address the medical, ethical, and legal issues that affect treatment decisions in the NICU.
  • Recognize the need for and utilize the hospital ethics consultation service.


Participants may be asked to complete a session evaluation.

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Series Coordinator 
Maria "Yvette" Lopez
Series location: 
Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
United States


Session Date
Duty to Treat 08/18/2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CDT
Decision-making for Conjoined Twins 09/15/2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CDT
Moral Distress: When Parents Refuse to Act 10/20/2022 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CDT
CANCELLED: Decision Making with Emotionally Overwhelmed Parents 01/19/2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST
Decision Making with Emotionally Overwhelmed Parents 01/26/2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST
Further Discussions on Non-Decisions 02/16/2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CST
Ethics Conference: Case Review 05/18/2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm CDT