Program Description: 

As Americans approach the end of life, they have several well-known options, including life-prolonging medical treatments and hospice care.  Another option that has received relatively little attention is voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED).  This presentation will examine conceptual, moral, and policy questions about VSED, including:

For patients:  Is VSED a good choice for me?
For family and professional caregivers:  Must I support a patient’s choice for VSED?
For public policy:  How, if at all, should policies regulate the practice of VSED?


Key Words: bioethics, clinical ethics, health care ethics, medical ethics, medical humanities

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Advanced Care Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Other health care professionals
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:

  • Recognize essential features of the practice of voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED).
  • Assess reasons for and against choosing VSED as a way to hasten one's death.
  • Consider how public policies may permit or restrict the practice of VSED.


Faculty & credentials: 


John C. Moskop, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine
Wallace and Mona Wu Chair in Biomedical Ethics
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

  • John C. Moskop

The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest mitigation process and addressed.



Kris Tym
Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation of Credit Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin 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.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Professionals:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
Session date: 
03/21/2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Virtual Meeting
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.

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