November 2-8, 2020

During the week of November 2-8, 2020, NSHEN will highlight resources from our Ethics After Hours and Featured Article Summary collections. These resources will focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and related topics in anticipation of our annual online conference in early December 2020.

Ethics Resources on COVID-19

NSHEN’s listing of updated list of articles, frameworks and other COVID-19 related items

2020 List of Articles on Covid 19 Issues


Pandemic, Lennox Hill (special episode)

Netflix Documentary Series

This special episode of the Lennox Hill series was filmed during the Covid-19 outbreak in New York City in the spring 2020. New York shuts down while the hospitals, including the Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, are overwhelmed with critically ill Covid-19 patients. The episode follow the four doctors in their efforts to keep up with the rapidly developing situation.

The Happiness Lab: Episode 9 Helping the Helpers

The heaviest burden of Covid-19 has fallen on the shoulders of medical staff, first responders and others who care for the sick and vulnerable. These people are saving lives, while putting their own health and mental wellbeing at risk.

Several doctors and nurses have written asking for advice on the small ways they can make their daily lives a little easier to bear. So we asked cardiologist and wellbeing expert Dr Michael Rocha to explain the ways he’s preparing for shifts on a Covid ward.

Playing God

RadioLab Podcast

When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Would your answer change if a sick person was standing right in front of you?

In this episode, we follow New York Times reporter Sheri Fink as she searches for the answer. In a warzone, a hurricane, a church basement, and an earthquake, the question remains the same. What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god?

Diagnosis: A Question of Trust

Netflix Documentary Series

‘A Question of Trust’ is the fifth episode in the Netflix documentary series Diagnosis, which based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ column in the New York Times. In this episode we meet Lashay, a 17 year old girl who is not able to hold down anything she eats or drinks. Dr. Sanders turns to crowdsourcing for advice regarding a possible diagnosis given Lashay’s symptoms. The crowd’s suggestions point toward a diagnosis that Lashay has already been given by her own doctors, but Lashay and her family are leery of the crowd’s advice.

The way Lashay’s possible diagnosis was communicated to her has left her feeling judged by her medical providers and the family’s reluctance to accept the diagnosis appears to be due to a lack of trust in the medical profession.

The Good Place

Season 1 Episode 1

Netflix Series

Eleanor Shellstrop has died in a car accident. She wakes up in the afterlife to find that she is to spend eternity in ‘The Good Place’. The ‘neighbourhood’ architect Michael welcomes her and explains to her that admission to ‘The Good Place’ is based on how ethically she behaved in life. Michael takes Eleanor to her new house and introduces her soulmate, Chidi, who is a professor in ethics. As soon as Michael has left the house, Eleanor lets Chidi in on a big secret.

What is Health Ethics Week?

An event that is in rapid expansion, the annual National Health Ethics Week is a time Canadian health institutions, schools and universities, research and clinical ethics committees, healthcare professionals, community organizations, businesses, and members of the general public set aside to host and take part in educational events that explore health ethics that affect Canadians.

The goal of National Health Ethics Week is specifically to:

  • Encourage the planning and organising of events across the country to raise awareness and promote dialogue about healthcare and research ethics issues facing our communities;
  • Facilitate networking between individuals interested in clinical and research ethics;
  • Provide greater visibility for the services offered by the Canadian research and clinical ethics community, including research ethics boards and clinical ethics committees;
  • Offer an opportunity for Canadians to get engaged in discussions that have important policy-making implications in the health arena.

By taking part in the National Health Ethics Week, you are showing a commitment to ethical decision-making and will be helping to open lines of communication with others in your community. We are pleased that you will be joining us for Canada’s next National Health Ethics Week!