Understanding Medical Aid in Dying

Des Moines, IA US
February 1, 2018


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Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.


Six states and the District of Columbia currently authorize medical aid in dying as an option for patients at the end of life. At least 20 state legislatures have introduced similar legislation, including Iowa. The powerful story of Brittany Maynard’s struggle to control her death and her family’s move to Oregon to access its Death with Dignity law sparked interest across the country. As public awareness increases, physicians and other health professionals will face questions from patients, lawmakers and the media. This presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of the clinical practice of medical aid in dying based on experience and data from authorizing states.


  • Define medical aid in dying and summarize clinical criteria and patient eligibility.
  • Summarize data on medical aid dying from authorizing states.
  • Distinguish between “assisted suicide” and “medical aid in dying” and the importance of terminology.
  • Identify fact-based versus opinion-based objections to medical aid in dying.
  • Explain trends in support for medical aid in dying among the medical community.
  • Articulate competing ethical views.



Rebecca Thoman, MD
Manager, Doctors for Dignity, Compassion & Choices


Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Thoman indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 CPME
    • 1.00 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    02/01/2018 - 7:00am CST
    Event ends: 
    02/01/2018 - 8:00am CST
    Des Moines University
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Student Education Center Auditorium
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States
    +1 (515) 271-1596

    Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


    Continuing Education Credit

    • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 

    Available Credit

    • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
    • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 1.00 CPME
    • 1.00 IBON


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