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Rights of Conscience in Health Care: Imagine Your Doctor or Nurse without a Conscience @ Kantzer Auditorium, Trinity International University
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Bioethics Master’s degree program at Trinity International University, just northwest of Chcago, is pleased to announce the newly-endowed annual Trinity Bioethics Lectureship. The inaugural lecture, “Rights of Conscience in Health Care: Imagine Your Doctor or Nurse without a Conscience,” will be delivered on March 20 by Dr. Christopher Hook, pioneer of bioethics at Mayo Clinic.

Today some people in health care, among other areas of contemporary life, are saying that they can’t in good conscience participate in certain actions that others are doing. Some, for instance, are saying that they can’t help kill any of their patients even if those patients ask them to prescribe a lethal dose–an action that has long been contrary to what medicine has stood for.

But increasingly people are insisting that there should be no place for conscience to guide the actions of health care professionals or others. Is there no place for conscience today, or can it be allowed to operate within definable limits?

Following Dr. Hook’s lecture there will be time for Q/A and discussion, and then refreshments. The lectureship will be in Kantzer Auditorium at Trinity International University (2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield), starting at 7:00 p.m. The evening is free and open to all. It will be streamed live online at


Opening Doors: From the Medical to the Health Humanities @ Mead Hall, Drew University Madison, NJ
Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Drew University Madison, NJ will be hosting a symposium : “Opening Doors: from the medical to the health humanities” on Friday, March 23rd from 3pm to 8pm in Mead Hall.

The theme of the event is an examination of the trajectory and future practice of the health humanities in US healthcare and healthcare education. Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham, UK) is the keynote for this event, which will also include a panel discussion of the historical and current trajectories in the medical and health humanities both in the US and overseas; a round table discussion of the current and future role of health humanities in US healthcare curricula and practice; and which will be followed by breakout groups of academics, healthcare providers, students, and practitioners examining how best to implement the health humanities in practice.

There also will be a poster session for which the call for abstracts is open until Feb 23rd. Please upload a 250 word abstract for poster presentations by Feb 23rd. Abstracts should broadly concern the humanities, health, healthcare and wellness to [email protected]

Dinner and refreshments are included as part of the registration, which is free for the Drew Community. For further information and to register for the symposium please go to


Academy for Professionalism in Health Care 2018 Annual Meeting @ Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel and The Grand Historic Venue
Apr 26 – Apr 28 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.


Ethics in Healthcare 2018 @ Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), Room 2117
May 18 @ 7:30 am – 4:15 pm

The Program in Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host its annual one day conference on May 18, 2018 in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), Room 2117. This conference is designed to help healthcare professionals meet the challenges of the increasing number and range of ethical challenges in healthcare as they surface in their work as clinicians, members of ethics committees or ethics consult teams, and administrators.  For a printable brochure, click here.

Participants made the conference a genuine time of engagement, rather than just an opportunity to be informed. We all benefited from the wealth of experience, depth of insight, and range of perspectives they brought to our discussions. We look forward to Ethics in Healthcare 2018!

Intended Audience:  Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Attorneys, Physician Assistants, Trainees, Students, and Others

Provided by:  The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Program in Bioethics and Humanities.


Practice & Presence: A Gathering for Christians in Healthcare @ Duke Divinity School
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day

At its core, medicine is a practice of attending to those who suffer. Christians know that “those who suffer” are the neighbors we are called to love, even those in whom Jesus visits us (Mt. 25: 34-46). Who is equal to such a task? What does it look like when done well? What practices strengthen us for this sacred work? Join us in September as we wrestle with these questions, seeking to receive from God gifts that will renew us in our vocations as health care practitioners.

Over 3 days and 2 nights, on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, other health practitioners, and spouses will gather:

  • To tune our eyes and hearts to see how God is present in our work in health care
  • To engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how our imaginations and our practices might be transformed
  • To grow in friendship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship
  • To rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for us and for our world.


UNESCO Chair in Bioethics 13th World Conference: Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law @ Ramada Hotel, Vilnai Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) will hold the World Conference in Jerusalem during November 27-29, 2018. The aim of the Conference is to serve as an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

 The Conference will be held in collaboration with the World Medical Association, the World Federation for Medical Education, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and other leading organizations. The Heads and the members of more than 170 Units of the Chair from all over the world will attend the Conference. Hundreds of experts from various disciplines are expected to join them and enrich the scientific program.

14th World Congress Of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference – Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics @ St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences
Dec 5 – Dec 7 all-day

The Congress Organising Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you all to the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference. The Congress theme is ‘Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics’.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which laid a foundation for the highest attainable standards of health. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, in which the world pledged “Health for All” by 2000. More recently the chief of WHO issued a call for universal health coverage, drawing attention to issues around equity in health systems, including health systems research.

Despite several gains in health research and healthcare, we as a global community have not been able to achieve equitable healthcare systems so far. Global bioethics ought to be squarely addressing health inequity in an interconnected but unequal world. We are witnessing the emergence of the stronghold of the private corporate sector on the one hand and health conditions requiring huge investments in research on the other hand. Alongside, we observe growing inequities in the health status of human populations, growing conflicts, increasing episodes of natural disasters and adverse economic situations directly impacting the purchasing capacity of common people. The inequity in access to healthcare continues as much in the global North as the global South. In this context, the global bioethics community needs to engage with and strengthen the scholarship in the field of enquiries such as ‘justice’ and ‘solidarity’ in the coming times.

We sincerely hope that you will join us to bring your own voice into multidisciplinary conversations on the Congress theme. Needless to say, the Congress is open, as has always been the case, for debates and conversations on other wide-ranging themes from the broader discipline of bioethics.

The Congress will be held at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Bengaluru, known as a leader in information technology, is teeming with multidisciplinary educational institutions and a metropolitan culture of performing arts and literature. Home to scenic gardens and interesting heritage sites, it is blessed with a year-round moderate climate. In December, Bengaluru enjoys a mild winter.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Congress.


Congress Organising Committee

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