Charles E. Smith

Life Communities

Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Annual Healthcare Symposium

The role of Medical Ethics in the Care of an Older Population
Friday, May 4, 2018

The eighth annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium, The role of Medical Ethics in the Care of an Older Population, is presented by Charles E. Smith Life Communities in partnership with Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins medicine. The symposium is made possible by Drs. Ellen and Stuart Lessans, in loving memory of Stuart’s parents, Sara and Samuel J. Lessans.

Leading experts in the field, including physicians, ethicists and other healthcare professionals, will discuss the importance and complexity regarding the discussion of ethical issues in an older population. Experts will review research surrounding the legal, medical and spiritual issues that affect ethical discussions and why so many people wait until a crisis to begin the conversation. Experts will provide information on services available, importance of documentation and how best to coordinate these efforts. 

The symposium is designed for physicians, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals, and offers CME credit and CEU credit and contact hours for nurses.  Details to follow.


6:45 a.m.
Early check-in and registration

7:00 a.m.
Early Morning Session - 


7:30 a.m. General check-in and registration  
7:30 –
8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking 
8:15 –
10 a.m.

Learning Objectives:

10:00  –
10:30 a.m.
10:30  –
12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Educational Tracks
Track I:  

10:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.

Track II: 

12:30 –
2:00 p.m.
Luncheon Panel Discussion

Learning Objectives:


Previous Symposiums
  • 2017: Mental Health Crisis in a Geriatric Population: Strategies for Clinicians and Caregivers
    2016: On the Horizon: New Approaches in Alzheimer's Prevention, Treatment, and Research
  • 2015: Whole-istic Care for Seniors 
  • 2014: Palliative Care: Yesterday's Promises, Today's Challenges and Solutions
  • 2013: Care Coordination for Your Older Patients
  • 2012: Transitions in Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers
  • 2010: New Frontiers in Dementia Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers