Unexpected Revelations: When Children Are Not What Their Parents Anticipated

Thursday, October 17, 2013 • 4–7 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Solomon

Author of  “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity”

Panel Discussion: The Ethics of “Fixing” Our Children

Hekemian Conference Center Auditorium • 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ

RSVP: Lietys Novoa-Rodgers at 551-996-4359 or email to: lnovoa-rodgers@HackensackUMC.org

This symposium is complimentary, however, pre-registration is required.


Purpose: This program has been designed to provide physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as interested members of the lay community, with an overview of the ethical issues faced by parents when their children are not what they expected.

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this learning activity, the participant should be able to:

• Identify the ethical issues that arise when children differ from what their parents expected

• Distinguish fixing, improving, and enhancing; and

• Discuss the tension between accepting diversity and sparing children experiences of pain and suffering.

Credits: There is no commercial support for this activity. Speakers have declared that they have nothing to disclose. 

Physicians: Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. HackensackUMC designates this educational activity for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing: HackensackUMC, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number P170-8/12-15. Provider Approval is valid through August 31, 2015. 

This program has not received any commercial support. The speakers declare they have nothing to disclose. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by Hackensack University Medical Center, NJSNA or ANCC of any commercial products or services.

Social Work: For information regarding Social Work Continuing Education credits, please call 551-996-5226. 

IACET: HackensackUMC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275.  Participants are eligible to receive 0.2 CEU credits for attendance.

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