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Will climate change make medical conferences unethical?

A new essay by Simon N Young, PhD, a McGill professor of psychiatry, argues that, because of the threat of climate change, doctors must rethink whether they really need to travel to distant venues to attend medical conferences.

Dr Young writes,

"I have noticed that attendance at meetings in cities such as Kyoto and Florence is much higher than at meetings in ... I do not want to get into trouble so I had better let you fill in your own candidates for dull cities. This raises the possibility that research is not always the only motive for attending meetings."
He acknowledges that getting his colleagues to change their behaviour will not be easy. Dr Young illustrates that point by way of an example from his department at McGill.
"In a recent committee meeting I attended, one of the committee members pointed out that the academic under discussion had an excellent publication record but had unfortunately given hardly any presentations at international meetings. When I pointed out that this was not an issue given the carbon footprint involved in attending meetings the committee members all laughed, which I thought ironic given that the area of specialization of the candidate dealt with aspects of moral responsibility. I had to get quite assertive to convince them that I was serious."
The essay appears in the current issue of the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Read the full thing here (PDF).

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  1. sharon28 August, 2009 8:05 AM

    Speaking of "ethics"... and the stated 2 points of professional interest ......:p........

    Considering the APA format is overlooked...and the thesis statement is underdeveloped...why not "flesh it out" for yourselves:

    1. supportive documentation

    2. key paragraph related to value of inclusion in carbon "offset " market
    (page 9)

    'In Canada, uncertainty with respect to the development of the carbon market has to date slowed the growth of domestic offset projects, but to the extent that this uncertainty is resolved in the future there will likely be more options for offset purchases within Canada.
    For example, in 2006 the Chicago Climate Exchange announced a partnership with the Montreal Exchange to create the Montreal Climate Exchange (MCX), '

    3. Current news demonstrating the value of having "membership" within the carbon exchange


    I guess this secures the the reality that

    + all that "glitters" is not gold....

    + "stated" professional interests to be considered a "gold standard"

    (e.g. after resuscitation the "gold standard" test of a medication or procedure for a neuro/psychiatrist is probably 'whether or not it leads to an increase in the number of neurologically intact survivors that walk out of the hospital')

    ... might be a little "tarnished"

    Of course...folks like not owe their souls to the "company" store :p

  2. Whales Dorothy28 August, 2009 11:09 AM

    Speaking about medical..

  3. sharon28 August, 2009 12:13 PM


    A recognized point of clarification....... of such things as you rightfully point out......actually can result through an intervention by a psychiatrist.

    In the absence of valid or ? functional avenues to assess your claims there is a doorway to discovery of whether your concern is valid.

    You may ask for this condition to be considered:

    Amedicus: A new iatrogenic syndrome

    Read about it here:

    Why would this be valuable in the instances you describe?

    As stated in the abstract:

    'The direct cause is the absence of a single physician who would coordinate the patient's care and orchestrate the harmonious functioning of the health care team. The clinical manifestations of this syndrome rapidly clear when the liaison psychiatrist or some other member of the health care team can fulfill this function.'

    NOTE: There is nothing more powerful in correcting the medical maze than having someone who knows how to navigate in both the "actions "and " thinking" areas of discovery needed......... and using these same talents to offer corrective suggestions.

    Evaluating infrastructure is a little-used skill in the psychiatric toolbox.

    Thus, in that process you have an expert witness assigned to your dilemma and can approach the courts, if needed, for corrective action.

    Essentially, have a good goal....and choose the "correct path" to accomplish it.

  4. sharon29 August, 2009 2:53 PM

    Sorry Dorothy... I know someone called Helen Whales .... no offence intended :(

  5. sharon30 October, 2009 12:28 AM


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