Dr. Brian Childs and Dr. Lauren Bunch, professors at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), hosted an informational webinar Aug. 11 on Rural Healthcare Ethics. This session, open to all clinicians and healthcare administrators in Georgia, covered a brief description of healthcare ethics in the rural space and the value it can add to patient care.
MUSM, in partnership with the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (The Center), hosted the event and is now accepting applicants for a new Rural Healthcare Ethics ECHO program.
Project ECHO is an interactive, case-based learning opportunity where participants bring difficult cases and explore possible outcomes with their peers and subject matter experts.
The Center, as a Project ECHO hub, and will be hosting all sessions virtually and offering doctors and nurses Continuing Education Units for each completed session.
The Rural Healthcare Ethics ECHO will explore issues in end-of-life care, proxy decision-making, scarcity of resources, pediatrics, and difficult discharge, among other topics. It is the hope that with the knowledge gained from these sessions, participants will be equipped with the tools they need to more comfortably navigate the ethical issues they face in their clinical settings.
Those interested in joining this ECHO may visit georgiaruralhealth.org/rural-healthcare-ethics/ or call the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at (478) 301-4700.