Lecture: Mary A. Ott, “Adolescent Capacity and Informed Consent”

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Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series
Wednesday December 4th, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Methodist Petticrew Auditorium (Live-Broadcast: ROC Auditorium)
  1. Know the 4 components capacity to consent, and ways to assess consent
  2. Justify adolescent informed consent using developmental and ethical arguments
  3. Identify individual and situational characteristics that influence the development of capacity to consent
  4. Design clinical and research procedures to support adolescent capacity to consent
About the Lecturer:

Dr. Ott is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Master’s in Philosophy and Bioethics from Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis. She completed her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. At Riley Hospital for Children and in Indianapolis community health centers, Dr. Ott provides general adolescent care, adolescent sexual and reproductive health care and ethics consultation. She has consulted on adolescent health policies and programs both locally and nationally, particularly as they pertain to adolescent sexual and reproductive health, consent and confidentiality, and vulnerability. Dr. Ott is on the editorial advisory committee of the journal Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health, and holds leadership positions in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the Section of Bioethics for the Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ott’s work in ethics is informed by a developmental understanding of adolescents’ unique vulnerabilities, balanced by recognition of their emerging capacities, and the need for clinical systems and research to support adolescents in ways they are vulnerable. Dr. Ott’s research focuses broadly on adolescent pregnancy and STI prevention and ethical issues related to vulnerable populations and sensitive topics. Her current research projects include program evaluations for HIV prevention and community-based pregnancy prevention for vulnerable, a quality improvement project examining how IRBs evaluate vulnerable populations research, and an assessment of adolescent decision-making capacity for research.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community. Lectures are free, open to all, and do not require pre-registration. Continuing education credit is offered to physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains at no charge, regardless of their institutional affiliation.

Please note: Lunch will not be provided. You may bring your lunch and eat during the broadcast in the MH Petticrew Auditorium. Food & Drinks are not permitted in the ROC Auditorium.

For questions and comments, please contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@iuhealth.org or (317)962-1721. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit the Fairbanks website.