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End of Life: Osteopathic View

January 10, 2024

It is a medical fact that all human beings will die. Since only about 10% of people die in what is categorized as sudden death, a more prolonged dying process will be ahead for almost all of our patients. And that also includes us and our loved ones. There is hardly any other human experience that calls upon all the skills, knowledge and wisdom of the osteopathic physician. And nearly every specialty must deal with at least one diagnosis that leads to the end of life. This workshop will present a series of ethical dilemmas at end of life, delivered in an interactive format. Emphasis will be on the whole person osteopathic approach.

Course director: Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI

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Activity Sponsor

American Academy of Osteopathy

Activity Time

January 10, 2024 at 7:00 PM EST

Anticipated Credits

2 AOA Category 1-A




Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Additional Details

Course Objectives:

Be able to explain why clarifying the patient’s goals of care is critical to providing appropriate patient oriented end of life decision-making.

Define the ethical difference between withholding vs. withdrawing life support measures.

Describe the impact of creating time-limited trials for life support measures.