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California End-of-Life Option Act

July 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Catherine S. Forest, MD, MPH, Clinic Chief, Stanford Health Care at Los Altos, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine-Family Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

with Catherine S. Forest, MD, MPH

California recently became the fifth state to legalize assisted suicide. The new law, called the End of Life Option Act, will become effective January 1, 2016. The law allows adults to receive and aid-in-dying drug from their physician if the physician determines they are suffering from a terminal disease. Physicians need to know the implications of this law, and how to talk with and treat patients who are terminally ill.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Identify the steps required by the patient and physician regarding requests for the aid-in-dying drug.
  • Demonstrate the new forms that need to be completed and filed.
  • Define which vulnerable patient populations will not be able to request the aid-in-dying drug.
  • Evaluate the physician’s right to participate and right to choose not to participate.
  • Recognize cultural issues related to end-of-life care.

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July 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Craig Walls, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, NMC


Natividad Medical Center
1441 Constitution Blvd
Salinas, CA 93906 United States
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