Incorporating a Medical Aid in Dying Curriculum into Resident Education (Recorded Webinar)

Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) is a service available to patients at the end of their lives and is designed to reduce suffering and improve patient agency for those who desire it as an option. MAID has been legal in California since 2016 and changes made to the law will make it more accessible starting January 1st, 2022. Additionally in California, primary care physicians are oftentimes the ones fielding and fulfilling MAID requests from their patients, yet training is generally lacking. 

Learning Objective:

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the eligibility criteria for medical aid in dying and assess eligible patients.
  • Gain an understanding of patient’s attitudes at the end of life.
  • Understand resident attitudes and educational desires around medical aid in dying.
  • Describe curricular aspects of medical aid in dying in resident education.
  • Apply knowledge gained to develop a medical aid in dying curriculum at your residency program.


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Ryan Spielvogel, MD, MS

Ryan Spielvogel, MD, MS is a family physician and core faculty for the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program in Sacramento and is the medical director for medical aid in dying (MAID) services for Sutter Health. Dr. Spielvogel has been personally involved with or overseen approximately 200 cases of MAID through the residency over the past 4 years. Over that time, 36 out of 44 residents (81%) have opted to receive training in MAID and most of the graduates are continuing to practice MAID in their communities. Dr. Spielvogel is also active in state and national education and advocacy efforts to standardize MAID practices and improve patient access.

Ryan Spielvogel has no financial interests to disclose.

Taylor Duke, MD

Taylor Duke, MD is a third year resident at the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program and is the chief resident for the Sacramento track. Dr. Duke has always been interested in providing full-spectrum family medicine and she plans to continue being primary care provider in the Sacramento area after graduation. Being from the Midwest where medical aid in dying (MAID) is less prevalent, Dr. Duke was completely unaware of the concept of MAID and was delighted to learn that she could opt-in to receive training on it at Sutter FMRP. Dr. Duke has since been engaged with MAID throughout her residency training to date, having been either the primary or consulting physician for 8-10 patients thus far. Incorporating MAID into her training has been immensely rewarding, and she plans to continue being a MAID provider throughout her career.

Taylor Duke has no financial interests to disclose.

Conflict of Interest Statements:

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