4th International Jewish Medical Ethics Conference
4:00PM Thursday August 16 - 12:30PM Sunday August 19, 2012
The Heritage Hotel
Southbury, CT
Register By: 12:00AM Thursday August 16, 2012

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Event Overview

15 CME Credits Available

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The Heritage Hotel, located in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, feels a world away from everyday urban life with its timeless New England style. Facilities include golf, spa services, heated pools, tennis, basketball, racquetball, and more. Our fascinating speakers will offer lectures, shiurim, panel discussions, and text-based learning. Scholarships offered to outstanding students. Once again, Prestige Caterers will be providing delicious, imaginative, freshly-prepared meals for our dining pleasure. This event is approved for up to 15 credits by the Office for Continuing Health Professional Education (CHPE). The Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Through a reciprocal agreement between the American Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Office for CHPE, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University designates this activity for AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) up to the maximum number of credit hours noted above. Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Main Topics

Full Schedule (tentative)

Thursday, August 16

4:00-6:00 pm - Registration 5:30 pm Mincha 6:00-7:00 pm - Dinner 7:00 -8:30 pm Jewish Medical Ethics: The Year in Review 7:00-7:10 - Welcome & Opening Remarks - Rabbi J. Kelman 7:10-7:50 – New Developments in Israel - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD 7:50-8:30 – Medical Halacha Update 5772 - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

Friday, August 17

7:30 am Shacharit 8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

Controversies in Brit Mila: 9:00– 9:30 – Metzitza bePeh is Dangerous – Dr. B. Gesundheit 9:30-10:00 – Metzitza bePeh is Not Dangerous - Dr. D. Berman 10:00 -10:30 – Should One Take a Risk on Metzitza bePeh? – Rabbi A. Glatt, MD 10:30-11:00 – Panel Discussion 11:00-11:20 –Nutrition break

Contemporary Issues in Organ Transplantation: 11:20-11:50 –Defining Brain Death: What Did the Gedolim Really Say? Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD 11:50-12:20 –Donation After Cardiac Death - Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD 12:20-12:50 –Compensation for Organ Transplants – Rabbi E. Reichman, MD 12:50- 1:20 - Panel Discussion 1:20 – Lunch

Student Symposium 2:00 - 3:30

Shabbat Program: 6:00 pm - Daf Yomi: Rabbi A. Glatt, MD 6:15 pm - Rav Kook and the Obligation to Heal: Dr. Beni Gesundheit 7:15 pm - Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat 8:00 pm - Shabbat Dinner

Oneg Shabbat: 9:15 pm – Six Secrets That Matchmakers Know: Rebbetzin Margie Glatt

Saturday, August 18 – Morning Program:

8:00 am - Parshat Hashavua - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD 8:30 am - Shacharit 11:00 am – Kiddush

11:30-12:30 – Learning Programs: Parallel Sessions (1) Physicians and the Laws of Yichud (text-based study) – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD (2) Parsha shiur – Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD (3) Practicing Medicine Based on the Talmud: Good or Bad Idea? - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD (4) Student track: Does Halacha Permit Choosing Medicine as a Career? - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD

12:45 pm - Lunch

Saturday, August 18 - Afternoon Program:

5:30 pm - Daf Yomi: Rabbi Aaron Glatt, MD 6:30-7:30 pm - Learning Programs: Parallel Sessions (1) Physicians and the Laws of Yichud (text-based study) – Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD (2) The Resuscitation of Halachah: Episodes of Resuscitation in Rabbinic Literature Used in Contemporary Halakhic Discussions - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD (3) Jewish Medical Ethics: A Window Into Jewish Philosophy – Dr. B. Gesundheit (4) Student Track: Successful Ehrlich Healthcare Professionals Without Compromising Halacha or Career: An Oxymoron?- Rabbi A.E. Glatt, MD

7:30 pm - Mincha 7:45 pm - Seudat Shlishit – Ask the Experts: Question and Answers for the Panel 9:30 pm - Maariv

Sunday, August 19

7:00 am - Daf Yomi - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD 7:30 am - Shacharit 8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast

Elective Medicine & Halacha: 9:00– 9:30 – Elective Induction of Labour - Rabbi A. Steinberg, MD 9:30-10:00 – Nose Job for a Shidduch? Plastic Surgery Through the Prism of Halacha - Rabbi A. Glatt, MD 10:00-10:20 – Nutrition break 10:20 -10:50 – Fetal reduction - Rabbi D. Shabtai, MD 10:50-11:30 – The Good Samaritan in Halacha - Dr. B. Gesundheit 11:30-12:00 – The Medical Halakhah Book Club: My Sister's Keeper in Jewish Law (Topics to include the savior sibling, organ donation of a minor and coercing medical therapy) - Rabbi E. Reichman, MD 12:00 – Adjourn

Participating Leaders And Speakers

Dr. Beni Gesundheit's picture

Dr. Beni Gesundheit studied for five years at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, Israel.  He attended medical school in Switzerland, and did his residency in pediatrics at Hadassah Hospital...

Dr. Daniel Berman's picture
Dr. Daniel Berman is the head of infectious diseases at Westchester Square Hospital. He is a vocal proponent of the continuation of the practice of Metzitzah B'Peh.

Professor Avraham Steinberg M.D.'s picture

Prof. Steinberg was born in Hoff, Germany. He studied in the Rabbinic Academy of Yeshivat Harav Kook, Jerusalem after which he studied medicine and completed his internship in the Hebrew-...

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt's picture

Rabbi Dr. Glatt is the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Anshei Chesed (South Shore) in Hewlett, NY and Assistant to the Rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. He is in his third cycle of giving a...

Rabbi Dr. David Shabtai's picture
Fellow, Wexner Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and Professor of Medical Halakhah, Yeshiva University, NY; Author of Defining the Moment: Understanding Brain Death in...

Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman's picture

Edward Reichman is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Philosophy and History of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) of Yeshiva...

The Venue
The Heritage Hotel 522 Heritage Road, Southbury, CT (203) 264-8200 ‎

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