Specialists vs Generalists: Finding Common Knowledge Among Reasonable Physicians in Malpractice Trials


Speaker: Patrick Garon-Sayegh, SJD candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto About this Seminar: The legal standard for medical malpractice tells us very little on its own. To make a specific malpractice claim, the legal standard must be suffused with a case’s particulars and the opinion of medical experts. Thus, medical experts are often the […]

WHO Pandemic Ethics & Policy Summit


Equitable access, solidarity, and global health justice: Bridging the gap between ethics and decision-making in pandemics From resource allocation and priority-setting, access to vaccines, vaccine mandates, lockdowns, travel restrictions, public health surveillance, and obligations to conduct clinical trials, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised profound ethical challenges on an unprecedented global scale. At the same time, and […]

MHSc in Bioethics Information Session


Join us to learn more about our Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Bioethics program at the University of Toronto. What is bioethics? Bioethics is concerned with finding practical answers to difficult value-based questions faced by patients and families, health professionals, health researchers, health administrators and health policymakers. The aim of the field of bioethics […]

Evaluating the Toronto Region Hospitals COVID-19 Visitor Policy Using an Accountability for Reasonableness Framework


Speaker: Vivian Tam, MD, MSc, CCFP(EM) candidate, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa About this Seminar: In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the introduction of visitor restrictions to acute care hospitals in Ontario, Canada, which remain in evolution as we navigate successive phases of the pandemic. In response, the Toronto Region COVID-19 Hospital […]

Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare: Is Consent Really in Jeopardy?


Speaker: Jordan Joseph Wadden, MA, Bioethicist, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia About this Seminar: Some have suggested that the introduction of more and more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to healthcare settings will run the risk of jeopardizing patient informed consent. However, these claims are […]

Medical Assistance in Dying for Patients Diagnosed with Brain Cancer: A Global Perspective with Implications for Equitable Access


Speakers: Jennifer A.H. Bell, Department of Bioethics and Supportive Care Research Division, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, The Institute for Education Research (TIER), University Health Network, Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Seth Climans, Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Department of Oncology, Western University […]

Medical Negligence in Gynecological Surgery


Speaker: Nicholas Leyland, BASc, MD, MHCM, FRCSC, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Fellowship Director, Advanced Pelvic, Obstetrical and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, McMaster University Seminar Objectives: Understand the elements of medical negligence. Medical errors, negligence, and litigation

. Informed consent: What does this entail?

 Examples from completed Canadian Medical Protective Association […]

Involvement of the Consent and Capacity Board in Challenging Ethical Impasses around Substitute Decision-Making


Speakers: Rosalind Abdool, PhD, (she/her), Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners (THP), Alternate Vice Chair, THP Research Ethics Board, Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Eoin Connolly, MA, Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners (THP), Adjunct Lecturer, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto About this […]

Bioethics for the Anthropocene

Online Event

Full Title: Bioethics for the Anthropocene Speaker: Andrew Jameton, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center Abstract Global change is increasingly forcing environmental and health care ethics to face each other. This meeting of disciplines is likely to clash with tragic results and to disappoint many, while at the same time it is […]

Conversations in Canadian Bioethics – Bioethics and Climate Change

This was the first in our series of Conversations in Canadian Bioethics, featuring Dr. James Dwyer (Upstate Medical University), and Dr. Cristina Richie (Delft University of Technology) in a session moderated by Dr. Vardit Ravitsky (Université de Montréal).