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Academy for Professionalism in Health Care 2018 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts
Dec 22 all-day

The 6th annual Academy for Professionalism in Health Care Conference will be held April 26 – 28, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

The theme of the conference will be: “Resilience-The intersection with professionalism”

Participants in the APHC 2018 conference will be encouraged to consider the quality of resilience, and to explore its connections to the development and demonstration of professionalism in clinicians. While there are many definitions of the term, we understand resilience to be the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant workplace stress-all common components of a healthcare environment. The values of professionalism may benefit from clinician commitment to resilience, but it is unclear how or if this attribute can be cultivated.

We are especially interested in conceptual and empirical proposals that address the following topics:

  • Attributes and conditions that promote flourishing in the healthcare setting and facilitate the prevention of clinician/student burnout.
  • The role of mentoring in the development of both resilience and the professional persona.
  • Challenges affecting professionalism in the greater healthcare context, such as student mistreatment and bullying, clinician depression and suicidality, remediation of lapses in professional behavior, difficult intuitional cultures, and others.

Although theme-specific submissions are encouraged, work that considers professionalism more broadly or from another perspective is welcome.

We will accept submissions for:

  • Oral Presentations (30 minutes). Oral presentations should present data or raise and address new/novel questions.
  • Panel discussions (60 minutes). Panel discussions should be interdisciplinary and explore various facets of a single topic. Please indicate a break-down of how the time will be used.
  • Workshops (60 or 90 minutes). Workshop sessions should be interactive and teach processes or methods that potentially can be adopted by audience members. Please indicate a break-down of how the time will be used.
  • Posters (scheduled poster sessions). Posters should describe research or innovative educational initiatives, or offer visual depictions of conceptual work in areas of the conference theme.

Submissions will be accepted via the APHC website ( until December 22, 2017. Multiple submissions are welcome.


2018 Pellegrino Young Scholars’ Essay Prize Call for Papers
Jan 12 all-day

An important feature of this year’s Annual Pellegrino Symposium sponsored by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University will be the Pellegrino Young Scholars’ Prize. We invite graduate students, professional students and post-doctoral fellows to submit essays addressing aspects and issues of the philosophy of medicine.The author of the winning essay will receive $500 and will be invited to present their work in a 45 minute lecture at this year’s annual Pellegrino Symposium to be held at Georgetown University on March 2, 2018 (for additional information see:

The award winner will receive paid domestic travel and (2 day) housing costs to attend the symposium. The winning essay will be published in a forthcoming special issue of the  journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. Two runner up essayists will be presented with certificates. The runners up may present their papers in poster format at the conference should they choose to attend, and their essays will be considered for publication (if merited, but not guaranteed).

Essays should be original, make reference to the work of Edmund Pellegrino, address some aspect of the philosophy of medicine, and be no more than 3500 words in length (plus references and notes). While any style is acceptable, APA format is preferred. Essays should be submitted electronically to Prof. James Giordano at: [email protected], no later than 12 January 2018; winner will be announced by 2 February 2018.

Of ‘Gods and Monsters’: Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Hundred Years On Call for Abstracts
Jan 15 all-day

The primary theme of the convention will be a celebration of the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Union University itself envisions a campus-wide, interdisciplinary commemoration for the calendar year, though the focus for this conference will be, as always, on the intersection of theology and fiction. Within the Frankenstein motif, possible topics and areas of interest include:

  • Mary Shelley’s legacy in contemporary science fiction
  • Creation: Human, subhuman and posthuman
  • Narrative frames and the voice of the marginalized
  • Science, technology, and the limitations of knowledge
  • Maternity and paternity
  • Idealized vs. “monstrous” femininity
  • “Singularity” in terms of AI vs. human intelligence
  • Revisions of Frankenstein in movies/pop culture

As always, SECCL is open to other proposals concerning the relationship of Christianity and literature. Abstracts from graduate students are also welcome. Undergraduates should send complete papers.

Send abstracts (400-500) words via email attachment to Prof. Roger Stanley, at [email protected] . The submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

Third Annual Medical Students Ethics Conference – Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education @ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Feb 10 all-day

Organized by the Bioethics Program and the Medical Ethics Student Organization of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the “Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education” Conference is the first medical ethics conference to focus on ethical challenges medical students encounter on the path to becoming physicians. It is intended to be a forum for medical students to present their reflections on these challenges.

Medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, and all others interested in medical ethics and medical education are invited to attend.

Supported by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Lost in the Maze? Navigating Evidence and Ethics in Translational Neuroscience @ Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day

Conference overview:

Clinical trials for novel treatment modalities to combat a range of neurological diseases and injuries are critically needed. However, safely and ethically conducting such trials often proves daunting, for a range of reasons. Concerns about such matters as non-validated or irreproducible pre-clinical research results, researchers’ needs to divide their time between their research and pursuing funding, and the inflated expectations produced by science hype all hinder efforts to conduct investigations responsibly. The Herrenhausen Conference has been specifically designed to explore these concerns and investigate strategies that can mitigate them. It will convene an international and interdisciplinary faculty to join with attendees in two and a half-days worth of examination and discussion, in both large and small group settings, aimed at producing practical recommendations for facilitating safe and ethically responsible investigations of new modalities that might better serve the health needs of patients around the world.

Travel awards are available for students at all levels, as well as young investigators who have completed their terminal degree within the last five years, to present their research.

A full description of the program, the travel awards opportunity, and a registration link, can be found here.

ICSMRE 2018: 20th International Conference on Scientific Method and Research Ethics @ Holiday Inn London – Wembley
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day

The ICSMRE 2018: 20th International Conference on Scientific Method and Research Ethics will take place on February 15-16 in London.  The conference brings together academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Scientific Method and Research Ethics. It also provides an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Scientific Method and Research Ethics.


2018 Carol Carefang Nursing & Healthcare Ethics Conference – Advancing Ethical Practice: Exploring the Gray Areas @ Hilton Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL
Feb 28 – Mar 2 all-day

Healthcare ethical dilemmas are rarely black and white. The gray area, where different perspectives intersect, is where difficult questions arise. What can we do as healthcare professionals to have more clarity in these unsure situations?

Advancing ethical practice in health-care requires grappling with difficult, often complex ethical problems and dilemmas. In this new forum, a diverse group of ethicists, philosophers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals will meet to address contemporary ethical issues in healthcare, and will discuss solutions to the most challenging problems for ethical practice and policy. The first biennial Carol Carfang Nursing & Healthcare Ethics Conference, sponsored by the Duquesne University School of Nursing, includes three days of speakers, panels, and presentations, as well as receptions and other opportunities to meet, greet, and discuss with a wide array of professionals interested in healthcare ethics. Please join us in Clearwater, Florida in February for this unique opportunity.

32nd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care Call for Abstracts
Mar 1 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. The relationships between medicine, arts and the humanities are multifaceted owing to the intricate ways in which they reflect and are conditioned by basic traits of the human condition. Art, humanities and medicine have pivotal roles in shaping our cultural and individual self-understanding. Medicine, whilst being regarded as a dominantly scientific endeavour, is also referred to as the art of healing. At least some medical illustrations and 3D models can arguably be seen as art. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and surgery are informed by aesthetic criteria. Vice versa, art can be seen as a form of therapy. The humanities, finally, play an increasingly important role in both medical education and clinical practice. In a time of kaleidoscopic change in medical research, clinical practice and healthcare systems, the focus of this conference is on medicine and its relations with the arts and the humanities. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.


Human Condition

  • Birth
  • Childhood & adolescence
  • Love, sex & reproduction
  • Illness/disease
  • Aging
  • Mortality and death


Arts and medicine

  • Literature and medicine
  • Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature and their role in supporting health and wellbeing
  • Popular culture



  • Narrative medicine
  • Life cycle and human condition: Between biology and biography
  • Health narratives and the fabrication of truth
  • Shaping identity and reconfiguration of medicine
  • Art, science-fiction, scientific imagination


Humanities and medicine

  • Medical and health humanities
  • History
  • Film and theatre studies
  • Religious/theological studies
  • Medical anthropology


Hope between uncertainty and complexity

  • Progress and sustainability
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine /health care
  • Robotics (care, social and/or sex robots)
  • Cybersex, cyborgs, cryonics and solitude
  • Transhumanism and science fiction



  • Intellectual property and conflict management
  • Creativity, censorship, viability and sponsorship
  • Decoding, artification of medical objects
  • Access to, dispersion and disposal of medical collections
  • Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations



Ethics and Error in Medicine Mini Conference @ Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL
Mar 1 – Mar 4 all-day

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, in partnership with the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, will host a mini-conference on Ethics and Error in Medicine on Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4, in conjunction with the 2018 APPE Annual International Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

This mini conference will begin on Saturday afternoon and will continue on Sunday, concluding mid afternoon.

Conference attendees are invited to attend a reception Saturday evening, following the APPE Members meeting.

Submissions for individual or panel presentations for the mini conference are being accepted through the APPE EasyChair site.

See the APPE Conference webpage for more information and possible submission topics.

The Submission Instructions page of the APPE Website has additional submission information.  Deadline for submissions is October 27, 2017.


Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics @ ONE UN New York Millennium Hotel
Apr 13 – Apr 18 all-day

This three-day conference, sponsored by Global Bioethics Initiative and Stasis Foundation, offers a unique opportunity to call attention to the impact of new technologies on the global profile of aging and longevity. By facilitating expert discussion in a unique setting regarding broad-based perspectives on these topics, the conference promotes global thinking, scientific exploration and policy orientation at the individual, social, community and macro-societal level.


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