CMA Call for 2021 Breakout Speaker Proposals

The CMA has put out a call for Breakout Speaker Proposals for the Annual Educational Meeting that will be held in Orlando, FL on October 7-9, 2021. The submission deadline is November 2, 2020 and while that seems like a long way out…these things do have a way of sneaking up on us!

So, if you’re interested check out the call for proposals and a very helpful video with some guidance here.

CMA Annual Meeting is Going Hybrid

The CMA has announced that due to COIVD-related travel restrictions they are transitioning the annual meeting to a hybrid in-person and virtual format.  Details are forthcoming.

While this is disappointing in many ways it also provides an opportunity for those who would have otherwise not been able to travel to San Diego to still take part!  Stay tuned for more info re: registration!

2020 Annual Educational Conference

Hybrid and Virtual Conference

Friday and Saturday

September 25 & 26, 2020

We may not all be able to meet in person this year but we can still connect virtually!

Denial of Sacraments Due To COVID

I was very glad to read that Dr. Meaney has recovered from his health scare…and…I was not at all surprised to hear about the drastic visitor restrictions that caused him to be denied the sacraments. This is occurring all over the country, including here in Rochester.

The reasoning for these restrictions is clear and while I am very much in favor of doing what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he sums up the fundamental problem succinctly:

I do not think some thoroughly secular people grasp the magnitude of the offense of denying a gravely ill or even dying person the last rites of the Church. The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, including Holy Viaticum, can literally make the difference between an eternal destiny in heaven or one in hell.

Ultimately the secular world simply disagrees…and sadly so do many Catholics with perhaps as few as 30% of self-identified Catholics believing that the Most Blessed Sacrament is truly the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

The question is whether the Church in the US and around the world has the political will and moral fortitude to face this challenge.

 

Thank you!

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who offered their support for my talk about Physician Assisted Suicide opposite Tim Quill on Wednesday!  I very much appreciate the (virtual) “in-person” support of those who were able to join via Zoom and for all of your prayers!

I am told that the session was recorded and I will post the link when it becomes available.

In Christ,

Tom Carroll

Physician Assisted Suicide

Please consider supporting our President, Dr. Tom Carroll, as he talks about Physician Assisted Suicide opposite Dr. Timothy Quill on Wednesday, 5/27, from 12-1pm. The Zoom link is https://urmc.zoom.us/s/94337697512

This presentation is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Unmasked conference. This is a forum for presentations about projects around the COVID-19 crisis and abstracts that were part of canceled conferences this spring. In addition to Dr. Carroll’s presentation there is a full slate of intriguing presentations on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please feel free to join any/all that you like!

Full daily schedules here:

Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, May 28

Friday, May 29

Unmasked-General-Program-Final Version

Catholics @ URMC…and Beyond!

Thank you to everyone who joined our Zoom meeting today at noon!  We had a nice turnout and great discussion!  It’s always refreshing to reconnect with friends and make new connections…especially in these trying times!

Our next Catholics @ URMC…and Beyond will be on June 18th.  We will post a Zoom link when we get closer, so check back here for this and other Guild upcoming events.

COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance

This is good guidance from the JPII institute.  There are serious concerns that at least some vaccines for coronaviruses can cause increased severity of disease in response to exposure to the virus after immunization.  So, before consenting to a trial ask:

1. Were animal studies conducted with the vaccine?
2. How many different animal models were tested with the vaccine?
3. Was there any evidence of toxicity with the vaccine?
4. Were the animals that received the vaccines subsequently challenged with the wild-type virus and what was the outcome of those studies?

I would only add that we should also be asking whether cell lines derived from aborted children were used in the development of a vaccine as well.

Universal Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders, Social Worth, and Life-Years…

My only criticism of the article is that they did not cite and respond to the recent high profile paper by Emanuel, et al. wherein it is argued that:

  • “Saving more lives and more years of life is a consensus value across expert reports…”

  • “Recommendation 2: Critical Covid-19 interventions — testing, PPE, ICU beds, ventilators, therapeutics, and vaccines — should go first to front-line health care workers and others who care for ill patients and who keep critical infrastructure operating, particularly workers who face a high risk of infection and whose training makes them difficult to replace…Whether health workers who need ventilators will be able to return to work is uncertain, but giving them priority for ventilators recognizes their assumption of the high-risk work of saving others, and it may also discourage absenteeism.”
  • Recommendation 5: People who participate in research to prove the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and therapeutics should receive some priority for Covid-19 interventions.

Thank you to the Dr. Bledsoe, Ms. Sulmasy, and colleagues, and the American College of Physicians, for publishing this important article!