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Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Can I Drive? Taking Away the Keys: Legal & Medical Quandaries

October 17, 2017 | View Recording

Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, medical cannabis use, sleep disorders, arrhythmias, or other conditions such as hypoglycemia, can make for deadly road conditions when patients with these health issues insist on continuing to drive.

The Bionic Man and Woman Can I Be Hacked? Security, Ownership, and Costs of Artificial Medical Devices

October 24, 2017 | View Recording

Given the high number of devices implanted in Americans for everything from arrhythmia to seizures and tremors, it’s time to talk about the resulting legal and ethical implications of these bionic health devices.

I Can't See a Specialist Disrupting the Specialty Primary Care Paradigm

November 13, 2017 | Recording Not Available

One of the pillars of American health care is that primary care physicians refer their patients to specialists for complex diseases. However, this doesn’t happen for everyone. Wait lists, a lack of doctors in certain medical fields, money, and the geographic location of the patient all play a role in determining which patients will actually be treated by a specialist.

Saying Goodbye Doesn't Have to be a Struggle Dignity, Quality, and Expense at the End of Life

February 7, 2018 | View Recording

Runaway medical costs are a huge concern for patients needing expensive end-of-life care. Exorbitant ambulance, emergency room and hospital charges can financially ruin a family without providing a higher quality of life for the patient.

Our Bipolar Mental Health System It’s Ailing. Can It Be Fixed?

March 14, 2018 | Recording Not Available

The mental health system in the U.S. is in dire need of repair and appears to be failing some of our most vulnerable populations. 1 in 5 adolescents ages 13-18 have or will be diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Additionally, suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. Despite the popularity of controversial television series like "13 Reasons Why", more dialogue is needed to begin addressing mental health issues in this population.

Medical Errors How to Say Sorry for Medical Mistakes

April 18, 2018 | View Recording

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., making this a critical issue to discuss in an open and low-risk environment.