The American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying grew from the remarkably successful National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying at UC Berkeley, February 14/15, 2020. The Academy continues and extends the work of the Conference, informing and educating clinicians about medical aid in dying, from clinical discussions to evidence-based knowledge, from nursing care to the work of volunteers at the bedside, from medical ethics to pharmacology, and more.
In the past few years, Oregon, Montana, Vermont and Washington were joined by California, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., and, most recently, New Jersey and Maine, as states with legal access to medical aid in dying. Some 22% of the U.S. population now has access to medical aid in dying, so it has become a significant part of terminal patients’ end-of-life options. And patient requests to consider medical aid in dying as one option at the end of life have driven clinicians’ need to respond with support and knowledge. (more).