What a Team
Kudos to our excellent summer student interns for their great work on pregnancy and end-of-life research. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program and the volunteer mentorship of Institute members.
Mariya-Kvitlana Tsap 3rd yr International Relations and Public Policy, University of Toronto
“Working at the deVeber Institute this summer, with such a wonderful team, was an eye-opening experience as I had the chance to delve deeper into women’s health issues in the developing world.”
Katie Pfaff 2nd yr Social Work & Disability Studies, University of Windsor
“I learned many women may still want to have a child after having an abortion and do not understand the risks... a 61% increased chance for a very preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies.”
Julia Giancola 4th yr Kinesiology, University of Toronto
“While working with the deVeber Institute I learned the importance of an objective perspective and evidence-based research while discussing ethical issues when collaborating with professionals in the healthcare network.”
Christina Holmquist 1st yr, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
“During my summer internship, I learned about the harmful effects that abortion can have on a family and also the valuable tool of how to convey my research findings to an audience at the DeVeber Institute’s Symposium. It was great experience in team collaboration, scholarly research, and project management.”
Shereen Jonathan 3rd yr Nursing, University of Windsor
“An interesting finding that I found through the work I completed this summer was that providing effective and supportive palliative care promotes quality of life and reduces the consideration of assisted dying as an option at the end of life.”
Tiffany Tran 3rd yr Human Biology and Bioethics, University of Toronto
“This summer I have learned how to tackle complex issues such as euthanasia and abortion using sound information, emphasizing solid research, and with effective writing.”
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2nd Annual Summer Symposium
Highlights from Dr. Shawn Whatley's talk:
Freedom of Conscience and Medical Aid in Dying
Conscience is our compass; freedom of conscience is our ability to act or not with that compass. This is an issue for everybody, not for just religious people.
How big is freedom of conscience? It’s a huge issue. Every professional wrestles with it. In medicine, doctors spend their whole day saying “No” to many things. Whether it’s useless treatment, or an unnecessary test, we’re continually making judgments. It’s a feature of being a professional.
Do patients have the right to access good palliative care and have medical doctors of conscience?
Patients should have the freedom to access good palliative care. Patients should have the freedom to see medical doctors of conscience. If medical doctors act against their conscience and do what regulators say, how can patients trust medical doctors to act in their best interests? This will compromise trust in the doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. Shawn Whatley is a medical doctor, speaker, and author of No More Lethal Waits: 10 Steps to Transform Canada's Emergency Departments. Dr. Whatley has served on the board of both the OMA and CMA.
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By Ian Gentles, Research Director
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