Conference on Medical Hold

Ronald B. Miller Memorial Conference 

The Medical Hold:
A Novel Mechanism for Safeguarding Medically-Incapacitated Patients in Hospitals

Photo showing lower body of patient in hospital bed with two nurses in the background.

A half-day conference for healthcare professionals, bioethical scholars, policymakers, and the public
October 7, 2017 | 8 am to 12:45 pm
Loyola Marymount University, Ahmanson Auditorium

in collaboration with LMU BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

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Conference Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration & Breakfast  

Welcome – Gianna McMillan, MA, Program Coordinator, LMU Bioethics Institute
In Remembrance of Dr. Ron Miller – Mrs. Irene Morris-Miller
Introduction – Paul Schneider, MD

A New Medical Hold Policy: The UCLA Experience  Erick Cheung, MD

Managing Competing Risks in Hospitals:
The Patient’s Right to Leave, or the Hospital’s Duty to Safeguard 
Pamela Hamilton, RN, Esq., Risk Management, Cedars-Sinai

9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:30 The Perspective of the Hospitalist Physician – Paul Schneider, MD
10:30-11:15 The Medical Hold: A Legal Response – Judge Maria Stratton

Hold-Ability in the Hospital and Engagement in the Streets:
A Countywide Perspective on Involuntary Treatment 
Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

11:45-12:45 Panel Discussion of all presenters

Event Location:

Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045 


The most convenient on-campus parking is available below University Hall:  Enter campus via Lincoln Blvd by turning onto LMU Drive. Pass the security kiosk and turn into the first parking entrance (P2/P3) on your right. Parking is free on Sundays.

Visitor Guide:

Click here to download a Visitor Guide for driving directions and campus map to this event.