Annual Krug Lecture in Biomedical Ethics

Oct. 14
6-8 p.m.
O'Dowd Hall, Room 203

Stressed Ethics:  Maintaining Sound Ethical Decision-Making Under Duress

Examine the ways in which duress from scarce resources, time pressures, and emotional toll influences ethical decision-making with guest speaker Tyler S. Gibb, J.D., Ph.D. 


Tyler S. Gibb, J.D., Ph.D., co-chair of the Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.
Dr. Gibb is an associate professor and co-chair of the Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law. His research is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications on the intersection of health law and medicine, including publications in the New England Journal of MedicineAnnals of Internal MedicineCHESTJournal of Medical Ethics, and Journal of Medical Humanities. He examines the intersection of health law and clinical ethics, medical narratology, the politics of medicine, medical education pedagogy, and professional misconduct and professionalism in healthcare. Dr. Gibb teaches clinical ethics at the undergraduate and graduate level, in nursing and medical schools, and at the GME level. He regularly speaks at international and national academic conferences, and has extensive hands‐on experience in clinical ethics consultation over the last decade.

Lecture Topic

Dr. Gibb will lead a discussion on how ethical decision-making can present unique challenges for healthcare providers. The weight of the COVID19 pandemic on healthcare providers and public health officials has made especially clear the need for sound ethical decision-making, but decision-makers in highly charged ethical situations almost always operate under significant pressure. This presentation will examine the ways in which duress from scarce resources, time pressures, emotional toll and more influences ethical decision-making. 

Additional Information

All attendees must complete a health screening form prior to entry to 203 O'Dowd Hall. An online form can be accessed here:
  • Masks will be required inside the building
  • Refreshments will be served
  • This event is made possible by the Ernest F. Krug, M.D. fund for Biomedical Ethics
  • The lecture is sponsored by the Biomedical Ethics at OUWB student organization
  • Contact Nick Ludka, president, Biomedical Ethics student organization, with any questions: