Laws and court rulings in 9+ states now allow Medical Doctors to assist patients classified as terminally ill with aid in dying. Most of these are states with many NDs and legislation is pending in many others. Although laws vary slightly by state, most are based on the original Oregon law.
In this webinar, learn more about the very specific process that must be followed by a MD before a prescription can be written - a process that may take several months to complete. Even where it is legal, not all MD's participate in this process and many hospitals prohibit their physicians from even discussing aid in dying with patients.
Naturopathic physicians should be able to neutrally discuss this topic with our patients and help them obtain reliable information and recommendations on what aid in dying may look like, how to find physicians who can help them, and how to avoid getting locked into circumstances where their wishes will not be respected. Naturopathic physicians have a role to play in helping patients approach death with less fear and emotional distress.
1). Understand the clinical and legal aspects of medical aid in dying
2). Discuss the naturopathic physicians role in end of life counsel and education
3). Review barriers to access (pharmacy, health systems, clinicians, patients)
4). Explore medical ethics in end of life care
David R Grube, MD
David was born in Eugene and raised in rural Oregon and Alaska. He graduated from Lathrop HS in Fairbanks, and then received a BA (cum laude) in Natural Science at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. He spent most of his senior year in Vienna studying the history of the public health system of Austria. He graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health and Sciences University). In his third year there he received an AAMC/USPHS Fellowship to the former Yugoslavia where he witnessed a variola epidemic in Belgrade.
David completed his Internship in Tucson, AZ, and then became a commissioned officer in the USPHS, National Health Service Corps. He was stationed in Grand Coulee, WA for three years, and moved to Philomath, OR in 1977 where he founded Philomath Family Medicine. He practiced family medicine there for 35 years, retiring in 2012.
He was Board Certified in Family Medicine (1977-2016). He has been a leader in the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians and was a charter member of the OAFP Foundation. He was appointed to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners (now Oregon Medical Board) in 2001, and served seven years (two years as Chair). He was chosen OAFP Family Physician of the Year in 1986 and Oregon Medical Association Doctor Citizen of the Year in 2009.
David has taught premedical and medical students for his entire career. He has lectured nationally on topics such as Medical Aid in Dying, Professionalism, Medical Ethics, and Humor in Medicine. He has served on his local school board, his local hospital board, and is again on the board of the local hospice, Lumina, and Chair of its Ethics Committee. He is a National Medical Director for Compassion and Choices of Oregon.
He is a singer in his local Threshold Choir.