The paradigm of professional ethics has shifted in a culture that embraces relativism. When presented with new technologies, medical practitioners were once free to apply their education and experience with the guidance of their professional conscience to assess whether those technologies were appropriate for their patients. Now, healthcare professionals are pressured to accept anything that has proven medically possible as medically good, if not, medically necessary.
This new paradigm has not only created significant, professional obstacles for the medical community, it has opened up a host of legal questions about rights of conscience. Open to all, including those in the medical and legal professions, this conference will provide expertise on medical issues at the intersection of ethics and science, and provide practical insight on how to navigate challenges to your professional conscience.
October 26 Annual White Mass at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe (5:00 PM Mass). "White Mass" refers to the white-color coats used by healthcare professionals (all are invited to wear their white coats). The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Burns. All healthcare providers (nurses, doctors, therapists, business staff, residents, medical students, etc) and their families are invited. A reception will follow at the Grand Salon at the Cathedral. Father Ignacio Olvera from St. Patrick's Parish will offer a reflection for healthcare professionals at the reception. Cost is $15 per adult; $5 for students over 12 years old; kids less than 12 and medical students are free.
August 6 Journal Club discussion of recent article of Ethics and Medics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Is it ethical to provide materials and safe locations for IV drug addicts? Event will take place at 7 PM at St. Rita's Catholic Church
June 18 The Catholic Physicians Guild of Dallas will hold a dinner with Bishop Burns. The event will take place at 7 PM at St. Rita's Catholic Church. We will have dinner, fellowship, and then a discussion time with our Bishop.
February 12 David Pickup, LMFT will discuss ”The Causes and Treatment of Homoerotic Attractions and Gender Dysphoria.” Mr. Pickup is a member of the American Psychological Association and provides therapy to patients with same sex attraction and gender dysphoria. Physicians (and their spouses), and other healthcare providers are invited. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The talk will take place at 7 PM at St. Rita Catholic Church. Dues will be collected.
We will have our annual Advent Reflection at 7 PM at St Rita. Father Michal Markiewicz will provide the Reflection, providing his thoughts on Advent in light of our vocation in medicine. He is the current parochial vicar of St. Rita and was just ordained a priest this past May. We look forward to hearing from him! The meeting will take place again at the St. Rita Commons.
The next meeting will take place 7 PM at St. Rita Catholic Church (at the St. Rita Commons - Section C). The building is east of the Narthex of the sanctuary, and the entrance on the west side of the building. We will be showing one of the talks from the National CMA Conference. Dr. Mayra Thompson will also share her experiences from another recent conference - Advancing Humanae Vitae:Best Practices and Next Steps in Catholic Health Care Delivery and Professional Education.
Restoring Healthcare In A Technocratic Age: Building Parallel Structures to Deliver Compassionate Care
Would you like to attend a conference here in Dallas, grow deeper in your faith, earn CME (plus that hard-to-find ethics CME credit), and become renewed in your vocation as a healthcare professional? Please attend our National CMA Educational Conference this September! The conference will take place at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel (15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison, TX 75001).
Topics will include:
Managing Existential Distress: Consulting with the Divine Physician in Serious Illness and the End of Life
Building a Catholic End-of-Life Culture and Engaging in the Public Square
The Benedict Option and Medicine
The Church's Response to Technocratic Medicine
What is Patient Centered Medical Care?
Our Rich Catholic Tradition of Redemptive Suffering and Appropriate Approaches to Pain Management
Prayer and Meditation: Healing Body and Soul
Bringing Catholic Virtues to Virtual Medicine
The Art of Medicine: Why Healthcare Must be a Profession and not a Trade
Speakers will include Senator Rick Santorum, Rod Dreher, Dale Ahlquist, Bishop James Conley, and more. Each day begins with Rosary and Mass. There will be an Adoration Chapel in the hotel and the Sacrament of Confession will be readily available. At the end of the conference, we will have our Annual White Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward Burns. To learn more about the conference and to register, please click here.
Bishop Burns will attend our next meeting, which will take place at 6 PM at the Family Life Center at St. Monica's Catholic Church. We will have a "Question and Answer" session for him. Dinner will be served. We will also be collecting dues for the year.
Please join the Catholic Physicians Guild at 7pm on April 3 at St. Monica's Catholic Church Family Life Center upstairs for a meeting that will continue our last journal club-like discussion on conscientious objection in medicine with a focus this time on the related topic of cooperation in evil: when is it morally acceptable and what are the relevant criteria. Catherine Nolan, PhD, Philosopher at University of Dallas and William Stigall, MD, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist and Medical Ethicist, will joins us to facilitate discussion. Dinner will be served. The following will be articles referenced for discussion:
The Physicians Guild will have a Journal Club and panel discussion of a recent article on Conscientious Objection from the New England Journal of Medicine. The article is attached below. The panel will include: Catherine Nolan, PhD, Philosopher at the University of Dallas; William Stigall, MD, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist and Medical Ethicist; and Tom Brandt, Esq, head of government and employment law at Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, PC. Dinner will be served.
Fr. Michael Guadagnoli, pastor of St. Monica's Catholic Church, will provide for us our annual Advent Reflection. Each year we use this time to reflect on Advent in light of our vocation in the Healthcare field. The event will take place at St. Monica's Catholic Church on December 5 at 7 PM in the Family Life Center. Light dinner will be served. You do not need to RSVP.
The Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals will take place on October 28th at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Bishop Kelly will celebrate the Mass and a reception to follow in the Grand Salon. Fr Josh Whitfield will speak for us at the reception. All in healthcare are invited! Physicians, advance practitioners, nurses, students, therapists, business staff, social workers, etc. Please bring your white coat (hence the name "White Mass") to the celebration.
The Catholic Physicians Guild of Dallas and the Catholic Pro Life Committee of North Texas will be presenting a full day conference titled "Preparing for End of Life: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Challenges." Talks will include:
Care and Treatment Decisions for Compromised Patients and at the End of Life
Artificial Hydration and Nutrition and Spiritual Care for Patients / Caregivers
The Challenges of Assisted Suicide and How to Respond
Ethical Decisions in Neonatal Life
Texas Advanced Directives Act including a Perspective for the Catholic Client
The Challenges of Assisted Suicide and How to Respond
Palliative Care and Pain Management
We will be having nationally-renowned speakers such as Fr. Thad Pacholczyk, USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat Greg Schleppenbach, Ellen Dorn, Esq; Roy Heyne, MD; Catherine Nolan, PhD; and Sr. Suzanne Gross, FSE. Physicians, NPs, PAs can receive 7 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Attorneys can receive 3.5 hours of CLE. Licensed Counsellors can receive 7 hours of Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Professionals in Social Work Disciplines including LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LMSW, LSW, and Ph.D. of Psychology.
Please register on the Catholic Pro Life Committee of North Texas website here.
Arland Nichols, founding president of the St. John Paul II Foundation, will be discussing "A Crash Course in Bioethics" at 7 PM in the Family Life Center at St. Monica's Catholic Church. He is former Director of Education for Human Life International
Dr. Liz Heyne will discuss "The Science of Male/Female Gender" and the existing medical evidence in Transgender Medicine and its implications for Catholic Healthcare Professionals.
Dr. Catherine Nolan will discuss The Metaphysics of Gender. She will analyze from a philosophical perspective the various criteria/conditions that are currently being proposed to distinguish manhood from womanhood, including self-referential, sexual, and non-sexual criteria. She will discuss the limitations of most of these definitions and how one might best resolve the dilemma that transgenderism raises today. Dr. Nolan is a professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. This is a 2-part series on transgenderism. The next meeting will discuss the American College of Pediatricians policy statement on transgender medicine.
Dr. William Stigall, Pediatric Cardiology at Medical City, will discuss "Medicine as Art: Why Good Medicine Requires Good Soul." Dr. Stigall graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Medical Center. He was Chief Resident of Pediatrics following residency. He then completed fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UT-Southwestern/Children's Medical Center. He also completed a masters in philosophy and teaches at the University of Dallas. The talk will take place at 7 PM and dinner will be served.
Sister Maria Faulkner of the Trinity will present an Advent Reflection to us on December 6 at St. Monica's Parish in the Family Life Center. Sister Maria is a graduate from the University of Dallas, and also is a nurse who has a special ministry for the geriatric population. Dinner will be served (thanks to the Thompsons who will bring enchilada casserole and salad).
The Annual White Mass for Healthcare Professionals will take place on October 22 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe after the 5 PM Mass. All healthcare professionals are invited (this is not limited to physicians). Kids are free. Bishop Greg Kelly will celebrate the Mass and there will be a reception to follow at the Grand Salon of the Cathedral (next door). Deacon Michael Bolesta, MD will give a reflection on "Mercy in Medicine." The Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Foundation. Cost is $15 if RSVP via website/ $20 at door. Pictures of last year's Mass can be found on our facebook page.
Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Heyne will present FACTS (Fertility Awareness Collaborative to Teach the Science) and the most recent article on NFP apps as published by Dr Marguerite Duane. Liz has practiced at Children’s Medical Center for forty years (starting as its first physician assistant). In 1979 , she co-founded the Low Birth Weight Clinic with Dr Roy Heyne. Together they set up the LBW Development Center in 1994. Liz got her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2010 to meet the mental health needs of disadvantaged mothers and babies—with special training in a field known as Infant Mental Health. She is the psychologist-in-house for the maternity home run by the Missionaries of Charity. Her volunteer apostolate also includes the TeenStar program for eighth graders and the Christian sexuality class each semester at UD.
Peter Wickersham, J.D. will discuss "Which Is It? Conscientious Objection or Dishonorable Disobedience." The objective of the talk is to recognize potential conflicts between physicians’ right to conscientious objection and the health care system’s demands for legal compliance. Within the talk he will discuss current legal challenges to physicians’ right to conscientious objection and the potential course of future litigation, the current administration’s policy initiatives that could have an adverse effect on physicians’ right to conscientious objection, and interest group claims that are inconsistent with physicians’ right to conscientious objection.
The meeting will take place on June 7 at 7 PM at St. Monica's Family Life Center, room 109. Light dinner will be served.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center will have a two-day seminar discussing some of the most controversial topics in Catholic Bioethics. The seminar is part of NCBC's National Catholic Certification in Healthcare Ethics, but is open to all who are interested in attending. Topics will include the Ethical and Religious Directives, the ethics of stem cell research, complex questions of cooperation, sexual assault protocols, and determination of death among many other topics. The seminar will take place at the University of Dallas. For more information, click the NCBC website here.