Medical Assistance in Dying: Dr Meghan Towers

Medical assistance in dying has been one of the most complex and ethically challenging issues facing Canadian physicians. On June 17, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-14, which decriminalizes medical assistance in dying (MAiD). Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) is the process whereby a doctor or nurse practitioner helps and supports a patient who wants to voluntarily and intentionally end their life.

This is a subject that is front and center for us all and we are fortunate to have a guest speaker who is on the front lines of supporting and advocating for those who want to end their lives in our community.  Join Dr. Meghan Towers, a local MAiD physician, in a discussion on the legalization of MAiD in Canada, a review of some of the statistics around MAiD in Canada and more interestingly, Vancouver Island.

Dr. Towers will also share how the process works, some of her own personal experiences and how to access resources and supports for MAiD. She will briefly touch upon some of the controversies regarding both the law as it stands and access to MAiD in Canada.

Dr. Towers studied the Sciences at McGill University from 2000-2004 before being accepted into Medical School at the University of Toronto in 2005. Upon graduating from medical school she went on to do her residency in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 2009-2011. She then moved to Vancouver Island in 2013 and has been working as a Hospitalist at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Dr. Towers has been an advocate for Medical Assistance in Dying and got her formal training to become a MAiD Provider in the fall of 2018. Since December of 2018 Dr. Towers has been providing Medical Assistance in Dying both in the community and in the Hospital in Nanaimo.

She lives with her husband and son in Nanaimo and is the proud daughter of Probus Club members – Terry and Susan Kelly.

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