• Background

    Failing to address unprofessional behavior may promote similar behavior in other individuals and tarnishes the image of the profession. Addressing unprofessional behavior results in higher levels of personal satisfaction, creates better mentors for younger ophthalmologists, and improves patient safety and risk-management experiences. Attendees will learn about issues relating to professionalism and unprofessional behavior, i.e., how to identify and address unprofessional behavior, and what to do about these issues in their own communities. Every physician needs skills for addressing unprofessional/unethical behavior.

    The Allan and Claire Jensen, MD Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics was created to present complex ideas about professionalism and ethical behavior in an accessible and relevant format. The selected lecturer will be a recognized ophthalmologist or member of the medical or bioethics community with demonstrated knowledge of ethical issues and professionalism. The lecture takes place at the Academy's Annual Meeting each year. 

    The 8th Annual Jensen Ethics Lecture will be presented at Academy 2022

    Professionalism and Accountability After Harm: Closing the Gap Between Principle and Practice 

    • Thomas H. Gallagher, MD/MACP, Professor of Bioethics and Humanities, Univ. of Washington, will present the 2022 Jensen Lecture on Saturday, Oct 1st, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Room S406B. Dr. Gallagher offered these comments about his lecture:

      • It’s that terrible, sinking, pit-of-your stomach feeling we all dread—perhaps something just went wrong that harmed your patient. Maybe you noticed your colleague is struggling to provide good care, and you aren’t sure if you should let someone know.  Or imagine you were just notified that a patient has filed a complaint about you. Principles of professionalism call on us to respond with transparency, compassion, and accountability. Yet most of us struggle to turn these principles into effective practice. We are unsure what to say and how the patient or our colleague might react, worry what negative consequences might befall us, and wonder if this all might just blow over if we just keep our heads down and look the other way. Fortunately, there are new tools and strategies to help us face our fears and be prepared when the inevitable harm events occur.  In this session, you will learn the core principles underlying an accountable response to harm and practical techniques to turn these principles into action.