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
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.
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.