Ethics and Impairment Committee News
by Robert L. Friend, EIC member
The Ethics and Impairment Committee, in conjunction with the Membership Integration Committee, put on a follow-up workshop on drawing up a professional will on February 28, 2015. Peter Goldberg presented his experience of figuring out how to handle a colleague’s practice who died without having a professional will. Many of the issues that Dr. Goldberg faced are those that need to be considered when drawing up such a will. He had to devise a way of contacting patients and offering for them to be seen by an analyst for consultation around the death and possibly making a referral. This involved calling on colleagues to be available, and developing a specifically transitional consultative role to help the patients consider their options for further treatment.
It was a moving presentation that highlighted the need for prior thinking by us all to come up with a will that fits our practice. Clara Kwun and Dena Sorbo also presented on the difficulties and resistances to drawing up such a will. The attendees then broke into smaller groups to actually attempt to work on their wills using templates that are available on the SFCP website (under “Services” click on the “Ethics and Impairment Committee” and scroll down towards the bottom to find the section on Professional Wills at the bottom of which will be links to templates and recommendations on drawing up a