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Premedical Association’s Ethics Conference

Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?

The annual Premedical Association’s Ethics Conference was held Saturday, March 2, 2013. This annual conference is intended to help undergraduates at BJU develop a thoroughly biblical ethical system that recognizes the complexities of modern medicine. Over seventy students were in attendance to interact with this year’s theme: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Decides?

This year’s speakers were Drs. Nathan and Joy Smith and Dr. Matthew Hindman. The opening session presented a framework for biblical ethical decision making that was forged interactively with the audience. The biblical basis of concepts such as “first, do no harm,” patient autonomy, respect for life, a desire to benefit patients, justice, and honesty was explored. The need for biblical wisdom in balancing what sometimes appear to be competing concerns was emphasized. Audience members were then challenged with real medical dilemmas from the practice of the three physicians. This interactive case-based approach to ethics helped students to recognize the importance of thinking through such scenarios in advance of encountering them in actual medical practice.

Matthew Hindman
Matthew Hindman
Joy and Nathan Smith
Joy and Nathan Smith

Dr. Joy Roach Smith is a 2005 BJU graduate and also graduated from the USC (Columbia) School of Medicine. She was awarded the 2010 Lily M. and G.D. Jackson Award for Most Outstanding Intern at Greenville Hospital System (GHS). She currently serves as the Med-Peds Chief Resident at GHS.

Dr. Nathan Smith is a 2009 BJU graduate. He graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2012 and is currently a first-year surgery resident at GHS.

Dr. Matthew Hindman is a 1998 BJU graduate. He also graduated from the USC (Columbia) School of Medicine. He did a residency in Combined Medicine and Pediatrics at GHS. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and practices in Greenville, S.C. In 2012 he completed an MA in Bioethics from Trinity Graduate School.

Published March 13, 2013