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End-of-Life Issues: Principles, Values, and Coming to a Decision

Roger D. Cole, MD, MA, FACS

CEC: 1 Medicolegal (ML)


We all will be a patient at some point in time. How do we make sure our values are identified, decisions are respected, and the burdens placed on our family members at the end of our lives are minimized? This presentation will identify the medical ethics issues related to end-of-life care. We will discuss how our personal values influence the decisions that must be made regarding our medical care. Real-life examples will be used to demonstrate practical methods for navigating these decisions with patients and family members. Techniques to mitigate conflict at end-of-life care will also be presented and discussed.


Dr Roger Cole

Dr. Cole recently retired after 30 years of active clinical practice as an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon. He completed his medical and surgical training at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and North Carolina Baptist Hospital. After completing his military service in the United States Navy, Roger was in private practice otolaryngology for 12 years in Hickory, North Carolina. He joined the Veteran Health Administration in 2009 was selected by the Veterans Administration to complete a Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago in May of 2011. He completed his Master of Arts degree in Bioethics from Wake Forest University in 2013. He has taught medical ethics to medical students and residents at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

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