Program Description: 

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a morally charged space in which parents may be confronted with difficult decisions about the treatment of their newborns, decisions often complicated and created by the increasing use of technologies. This session explores the ways in which technological mediation—or the various ways in which humans can interact with their world via technologies—may impact parental decision-making experiences in the NICU. Articulating the effects of technological mediation on parental decision-making is a key step in addressing decisional conflict in neonatal intensive care settings and better supporting parents in their decision-making roles.

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds provides a forum for teaching participants to resolve cases based on the best ethical practices. Bioethics and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds also provides information on any legislative changes that occur so that clinicians are ready to implement them. The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities is the only clinical ethics center in Wisconsin. The faculty are leaders in clinical ethics and set the agenda for clinical ethics practice in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Key Words: bioethics, clinical ethics, health care ethics, medical ethics, medical humanities, neonatal intensive care, mediation, parental decision making

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

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

  • Assess postphenomonology as a fruitful method for exploring the implications of technology use in healthcare.
  • Describe ways in which technological mediation may impact parental decision-making in neonatal intensive care settings.
  • Identify strategies for supporting parents in the decision-making process.


Faculty & credentials: 


Annie B. Friedrich, PhD, HEC-C
Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Institute for Health and Equity
Medical College of Wisconsin

Activity Director:

Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD
Director and Professor
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Institute for Health and Equity
Medical College of Wisconsin

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.

  • Arthur R. Derse
  • Annie B. Friedrich

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
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-4299
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: 
05/16/2023 - 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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