Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Dealing with Surrogate Conflict: A Student’s Perspective”

Authors: G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBioethics


I would like to commend Drs Su and Fleming for their article “Dealing with Surrogate Conflict: A Student’s Perspective,” which addresses this important aspect of end-of-life decision making, with a particular emphasis on what medical students should understand about the process.1 After all, these challenges of clinical care and ethics are not uncommon during residency training, and it is hoped that the graduating student and resident will be aware of the delicacy involved in assisting patients, friends, and family in their final decisions.

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1. Su D, Fleming DA. Dealing with surrogate conflict: a student’ perspective. South Med J 2019;112:315-317.