Ethics Grand Rounds

  • Mindfulness of Breathing: a simple self-care tool for the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Sean Hillman (Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics, Lakeridge Health) leads viewers in a short and simple breathing awareness exercise that can easily be done anywhere, anytime to enhance calmness and concentration.  Access via link below:

  • How a poor tobacco farmer Henrietta Lacks became a medical superstar after her death

    Michael Szego, Director, Centre for Clinical Ethics – Interview by Joseph Hall, Toronto Star

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    Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Health and the genome puzzle: Mapping DNA has gotten cheaper, but do we know how to use the data?

    Michael Szego, Director, Centre for Clinical Ethics – Interview by David Cochrane, guest host of “The Current”, CBC Radio 1

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    February 9, 2018


  • Would you give away your genetic data for science?

    Michael Szego, Director, Centre for Clinical Ethics – Interview with Norah Young, host of “Spark”, CBC Radio

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    Friday, February 16, 2018

  • Personal Genome Project Canada

    Big data is revolutionising the way the economy, science and society operates. In healthcare, the use of genomic data has been a bone of contention due to its issues surrounding privacy and ethics. Yet, it is fast becoming one of the most intriguing and fascinating realms of modern medicine, and promises to answer long-standing questions in genetic disease. PGP-C Director Stephen Scherer and ethicist Michael Szego confronts the challenges and opportunities for Canada and the global community.

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  • Interview, Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

    Michael Szego, Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics reflects on his journey from completing his PhD with Prof. Roderick McInnes to earning a Master of Health Science in Bioethics and launching his career that brings together clinical consultations, policy development, education, and research. Michael highlights eureka moments in his career trajectory, the power of PhD training, and the importance of following your heart in career planning.

    Can you describe your current position as a Clinical Ethicist?

    Clinical ethicists help clinicians, patients and their families identify, analyze and resolve ethical issues in medicine. Clinical consultations, policy development, education and research are the four main aspects of my job.

    Clinical consultations are an interesting part of my job as I am brought into difficult clinical cases often involving disagreements among healthcare providers and/or patients and their families about what the right course of action should be. A classic example would be when there is a disagreement about whether life support should be withdrawn from a patient in the intensive care unit. I try and provide a structured approach and help work towards a resolution while keeping patient values/wishes at the forefront of the discussion. I value this part of my job as it marries the theoretical with the practical and gives me an opportunity to help patients/families make difficult decisions.

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