Call for Abstracts: 11th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation
Improving Quality and Professionalism of Clinical Ethics Education and Consultation
Hosted by: The Bioethics Program of Union Graduate College & Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York City, May 20-22, 2015
The deadline for submission of proposals is November 17, 2014.
Recently clinical ethicists and professional associations have attempted to professionalize our field by developing codes of ethics and proposing formal accreditation of clinical ethicists. Simultaneously, training programs developed new methods for teaching and assessing competency in clinical ethics consultation. This conference offers an opportunity to discuss and analyze these developments.
Proposals are invited from everyone involved in clinical ethics or clinical ethics education: medical educators, medical historians, nurses, philosophers, physicians, lawyers, standardized patient actors, religious counselors, social workers, therapists, and anyone else involved. Proposals may include individual presentations, panels, poster presentations, workshops, and media presentations.
Why is ICCEC 2015 important? Clinical ethics consultation arose around fifty years ago as a separate voluntary activity on the part of what came to be called “hospital ethics committees” and “clinical ethics consultants.” As ethical issues grew more vexing, demands on time increased and the need for specialized knowledge became increasingly evident. In response, ethics training programs were developed in the US and worldwide. Recently the national bioethics societies in Canada, Europe and the US developed a consensus statement on the core competencies for clinical ethics consultation, effective methods for clinical ethics education, and codes of professional accountability for anyone engaged in clinical ethics consultation.
This is the first conference to present a systematic overview of these developments by leaders in the field. Speakers will include: the present and past Presidents of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the President of the European Association of Centers of Medical Ethics, the President of the European Society for the Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare, and the Directors and Vice-Presidents from the American Medical Association, the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, the Global Health Bioethics Network, and the International Association of Bioethics.
Clinical Cases that Teach Us
Cases that raise issues not adequately discussed (e.g., accepting gifts from patients)
Cases that illuminate new issues or revaluate old views and accepted positions
Models of Clinical Ethics Consultation
Facilitation, deliberative dialogue, ethics committees, bedside consultation, and mediation
Ethics of Clinical Ethics
Cases involving clinical ethicists (e.g., conflict of interest, institutional pressure)
Reflections on professional codes of ethics for clinical ethicists
Quality Improvement or Evaluation of Clinical Ethics Consultation
Examples of effective and ineffective consultations
Standards for distinguishing effective from ineffective consultations
Initiatives to evaluate or improve consultation
Certification or licensure of clinical ethicists
Quality Improvement or Evaluation of Clinical Ethics Education
Accreditation of clinical ethics training programs
Online versus onsite training in clinical ethics
Ethics education in undergraduate and graduate medical education
Use of the ASBH Core Competencies or other standards in clinical ethics education
Use of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations (OSCEs) or standardized patients
The Interface between Clinical Ethics and Research Ethics
Comparing the concepts of clinical and research ethics
Compatibility of the roles of clinical and research ethics committees
Historical Reflections on Clinical Ethics or Its Evaluation
Accounts of the historical development of clinical ethics
Accounts of the roles of significant individuals in the development of clinical ethics consultation