Program Description: 

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation 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 Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.  

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
Learning objectives: 

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

  • Describe how the impact of culture and society influences attitudes about volitional death.  
  • Identify differences in application of the concept of "decisional capability". 
  • Explore the role of healthcare professionals in determining best practice approaches to individuals' desire for volitional death.
Faculty & credentials: 


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Rebekah Mastel, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Medical College of Wisconsin



Diane Kramer
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-8498

Who has the right to choose to die?  This has long been a complicated question for society, and as personal liberties have expanded in the United States, healthcare providers have been at the forefront of the conversation.  While the concept of physician-assisted dying, sometimes referred to as “death with dignity” or “medical aid in dying” has become more acceptable as an option for terminal or degenerative physical illnesses, professional healthcare organizations remain heavily engaged in the work of suicide prevention.  In expanding our understanding of personal rights and decisional capability, we have only recently considered the unique situations of those with serious/pervasive mental illness.  In this talk we will explore the history of attitudes around suicide/volitional death, identify differences in the application of the concept of “decisional capability,” and explore the role of healthcare providers in balancing respect for patient autonomy with respect for life.

Session date: 
05/12/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Virtual Meeting
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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