April Bio-ethics symposium

“Conscience and Religious Freedom in Health Care”

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April 18, 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

UIC’s Student Center West Thompson Rm. 828 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago

Admission: $35

Free for medical, pharmacy and nursing students and all health professional students.

Free parking is available at Children of Peace School, 1900 W. Taylor St.


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8 a.m. Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry, Archdiocese of Chicago

9 a.m. Robin Pieurcci, MD  Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice 

pieurciRobin Pieurcci is a practicing neonatologist and medical director of the 50 bed NICU at Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is an associate professor at Western Michigan University/Michigan State University Medical School. In addition to being board certified in general pediatrics and neonatology, Pierucci has a masters degree in medical ethics. Topic of recent publications and invited lectures include: defining the edge of viability, development and implementation of caring for drug exposed newborns and their families, and neonatal palliative care.


10 a.m. Coffee and snacks


10:30 a.m. Nicole Allcock, PharmD  Pharmacotherapy with Conscience 

AllcockNicole Allcock received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy and completed residency training in critical care and infectious diseases. She practiced in the medicine intensive care units of the University of Chicago and University of Missouri hospitals, and was a clinical assistant professor with the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Allcock is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. She completed the certification program in health care ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and serves on the Public Policy Committee for the Missouri Catholic Conference. She is currently the director of pharmacy at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She practiced in the medicine intensive care units of the University of Chicago and University of Missouri hospitals, and was a clinical assistant professor with the UMKC School of Pharmacy. Allcock is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.


 11:30 a.m. Lunch


Noon: Keynote: Marie T. Hilliard, PhD, RN  Healthcare and Conscience in the Public Square 

HillardMarie T. Hilliard holds graduate degrees in Maternal-Child Health Nursing, Religious Studies, Canon Law and Professional Higher Education Administration. She has an extensive professional background in medical ethics and public policy and advocacy as the former director of the Connecticut Catholic Conference. She is a registered nurse who has been involved in health care regulation at the state and national levels for 12 years. She is the former chair of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves on the Review Board of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. Hilliard is a Colonel (Ret.) in the United States Army Reserve, where she served as a registered nurse for over 20 years. She served as the acting deputy brigade commander of the 5th Brigade, 98th Training Division, responsible for all U.S. Army Reserve medical training for the northeastern United States. She has been recognized by the Army with the Meritorious Service Medal.


1 p.m. Speaker Panel

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