Programs & Centers

The Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network

MHECN Projects & Services

  • Conferences
  • Newsletter: All members receive the Mid-Atlantic Ethics Committee Newsletter, which is published three times a year in conjunction with the Law and Health Care Program of the UM Carey School of Law.
  • Research Projects: In 1997, MHECN, in collaboration with the Law and Health Care Program of the UM Carey School of Law, was the recipient of a grant from the Greenwall Foundation to assess the skills and knowledge base of individuals performing ethics consultations in Maryland hospitals. Results of this study were published in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (Hoffmann, D.E.; Tarzian, A.J.; O'Neil, J.A. 28 (2000): 30-40). MHECN has also conducted a state-wide survey to assess perceptions of legal counsel, risk managers, and ICU physicians’ interpretations of Maryland’s Health Care Decisions Act as regards medically ineffective treatment certifications.

    Summary of ICU physician survey
    Summary of hospital attorney/risk manager survey

  • Speakers Bureau: In order to provide Maryland ethics committees with information on basic as well as cutting edge bioethics issues, the Network maintains a list of speakers available to members as they plan their own ethics education activities. This list is updated yearly. Arrangements, including speaker fees, are made between the desired speaker and the member.
  • Ethics Listserv: MHECN has an announcement listserv to keep members abreast of ethics news & local activities. To join, contact us and send your name and email address.
  • Advisement/Education: Please contact us if you have questions about how to improve ethics services at your facility. With advanced planning, we are available to present on the role of ethics committees and their relevance for your institution. See Contact Us” on this website for contact information.
  • MOLST Study: MHECN has received funding from The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to evaluate the Maryland Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) program. The Maryland MOLST evaluation study will determine whether MOLST forms are being used correctly and what impact the MOLST program has had on end-of-life care for Marylanders since the MOLST program went into effect statewide in 2011. See funding proposal for more information, and check this website for updates. If you wish to volunteer to help with this statewide initiative, please contact us!

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