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21st Annual Conference on Bioethics - First do no harm: Avoiding Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Medicine

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Foundation will present the 21st Annual Conference on Bioethics on November 11 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. Supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, First Do No Harm: Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Medicine will:

  • Assess the history and evolution of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the do not attempt resuscitate (DNR) order;
  • Describe the ethical tensions that emerge when families request that clinicians continue non-beneficial care in the hopes a miracle will occur;
  • Analyze the moral dilemmas that arise when patients cannot express their own wishes, have no surrogates, but express stable preferences;
  • Evaluate the role of capacity for preference for resolving ethical dilemmas involving incapacitated patients; and,
  • Summarize the concept of over-diagnosis and over-treatment when diagnostic tests are performed.

Additionally, First Do No Harm: Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Medicine will discuss situations in which medicine or physicians may do more harm than good. This may occur when incidental findings are uncovered, indolent diseases are treated aggressively, and treatments cause morbidity and mortality. During the meeting, experts will present research and network with colleagues. Program is planned for health care professionals by physicians. First Do No Harm: Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Medicineallows physician attendees to earn up to 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ during this one-day event.

To register or for more information on the MSMS Foundation's First Do No Harm: Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Medicine conference, please visit

Statement of Accreditation: The Michigan State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement: The Michigan State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.