Center Seminars

Each year, the Center presents a series of monthly seminars focusing on challenging issues in ethics and the humanities as they relate to health care. Seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information about Bioethics and Humanities Center Seminars, contact Deirdre Neilen at

Center Seminar Schedule



October 17
12-1 pm

"Ethical Questions and the MOLST/POLST"

Dyllon Martini, MD

Most people working at UH know what the MOLST form is (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment). It is meant to empower patients when they have a serious health condition. However, some patients who arrive at the hospital with a signed MOLST form are confused about what the form actually means or are accompanied by family members who are not sure they wish to honor what the form says. We will look at a case study that includes a family's unwillingness to follow their parent's MOLST form, the team's attempts to understand why, and the dissatisfaction that resulted from the ongoing discussion. MOLST forms are here to stay, but the seminar will get us thinking about ways in which we might use them more effectively.

Dr. Dyllon Martini is a third year resident in emergency medicine here at Upstate. She completed her medical degree at the University of Colorado at Denver, School of Medicine. Next year she will pursue a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship. This talk reflects her interest in how the MOLST form developed and how it is being interpreted in the ED.

Location: Room 2509/2510 Setnor Acdemic Building

Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch! SUNY Upstate faculty, staff, and students and members of the community are welcome to attend.

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