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Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar @ Duke University, Durham, NC
Jun 25 – Jun 29 all-day

Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar
June 25-June 29, 2018 | Duke University, Durham, NC
A seminar for students of medicine and nursing

This seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.

Farr Curlin, MD, Duke University
Christopher Tollefsen, PhD, University of South Carolina

This seminar is open to entering and current medical students, as well as nursing students

 Registration Fee and Facilities
A $200 non-refundable registration fee will be required of all accepted students. All other expenses, including room and board for the duration of the seminar, are covered by the Arete Initiative.

 Application Requirements and Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to [email protected].

-Curriculum vitae or resume, including your nationality.
-Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar, an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar.

 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2018.


When Cultures Clash: Navigating Ethical Disagreements Related to Diversity @ Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day

The delivery of healthcare is practiced increasingly within a multicultural context. Patients and their healthcare providers may not share the same cultural or religious belief systems, which can lead to challenges in finding a shared understanding of illness and negotiating a treatment plan that satisfies the ethical constraints of all parties — particularly in the case of a child patient with a parent decision maker.

Commonly accepted ethical principles and practices related to disclosure, truth-telling, confidentiality, fidelity and refusal of important medical care may be challenged by families who hold beliefs that differ from those of the provider. Is there room for compromise? When compromise is not possible, whose belief system should prevail? How can providers better communicate with patients of divergent cultural backgrounds?

What factors should be considered in deciding whether to respect a parent’s refusal to consent to important medical treatment?

What is the best way to communicate with a parent who is refusing an important medical intervention for their child based on religious or cultural reasons?

When is it appropriate to withhold a diagnosis from a child at the parents’ request?

Should family requests for a healthcare provider of a different gender or race be permitted?

Join us for our 14th annual pediatric bioethics conference, where we will discuss ethical issues raised when patients and healthcare professionals have conflicting belief systems.


Innovations in Clinical Ethics: A Working Un-Conference @ Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 26 – Aug 28 all-day

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Bioethics is proud to host Innovations in Clinical Ethics: A Working Un-Conference. The event will bring together experienced clinical ethicists from diverse healthcare systems for a purposeful and productive two days of promoting the cross-pollination and idea generation of innovative practices in clinical ethics consultation. There will be no plenary didactics or traditional presentation formats.

The event’s emphases will be on:

  • in-person peer-to-peer solution-sharing and problem-solving through structured and facilitated crowdsourcing
  • targeted lightning talks on cutting-edge practices in clinical ethics consultation
  • collaborative workshopping, constructive conversation and relationship-building, and other opportunities for concrete idea development
  • capturing collective knowledge generated through the use of scribes and digital tools for the benefit of attendees’ clinical ethics programs
  • culmination in an enduring work product, such as a series of whitepapers or publications

Please plan to join us in Cleveland from the evening of August 26 through the afternoon of August 28, 2018. Professional clinical ethicists who lead clinical ethics programs or serve on ethics consultation services will benefit most from this un-conference.

A pre-conference workshop through Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication is being planned during the day on August 26, 2018. More information regarding how attendees will shape the agenda of this un-conference, registration fees, and other event details to come.


24th World Congress on Medical Law and Bioethics @ Dan Hotel, Tel Aviv
Sep 2 – Sep 5 all-day

The 24th World Congress on Medical Law and Bioethics ( will take place in Tel Aviv from 2-5 September 2018. The main themes of the Congress are Ethical and Legal aspects of Forensic Medicine, Mental Health, Humanitarian Medicine, Health Professions, Ageing and Public Health.

Participants are also encourages to submit their papers to The Davies Awards competition (on the Rights to Health, Old Age, Gerontology, Law and Ethics and Public Health, Law and Ethics) or to the young Scholars competition (under 36 years).

Medical Humanities Conference 2018 @ Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm

Submissions of abstracts are welcome for the 8th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, to be held September 13-14 in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Abstracts is available here:

The eighth annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference (September 13-14, 2018) is seeking abstract submissions that showcase innovative approaches to the arts, languages, and philosophies that guide society in a rapidly changing medical landscape. This gathering is convened yearly to discuss perspectives on the intersection of the practice of the humanities and the practice of medicine.

It has become a commonplace that medicine is as much art as science, as much about curing the patient as curing the disease. But it is precisely in these points of intersection that inspiration occurs and healing happens. We are seeking presentations, workshops, and panels involving history of medicine, arts in medicine, health narratives, medical ethics, medical anthropology, religious approaches to health, health education, and conceptions of wellness, as well as multidisciplinary approaches to the medical humanities.

Submissions should include name, department/institutional affiliation, project title, and an abstract not to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be submitted electronically by May 15 in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format to [email protected].

 Please indicate which theme the abstract falls under (e.g., philosophy/ethics, clinical practice, religion, conceptual or empirical research. performance/visual arts, history, etc.) Accepted presentations will be notified by June 1; conference registration will be required of all presenters.

We are committed to making the conference as accessible as possible. In order to achieve this aim, please include a separate document with your name and any access-related information you wish us to know. It will be shared solely with the organizers.


The Future Is Now: Bioethics and Humanities Reimagine an Uncertain World @ Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Annual Conference connects individuals and groups across many disciplines, all with interest in clinical and academic bioethics and health-related humanities. The conference provides a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals in related fields.

After participating in this meeting, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Reflect on the issues related to the future and uncertainty in bioethics and the medical humanities

Session topics include:

  • Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
  • Religion, culture and social sciences
  • Arts and literature
  • Philosophy and history
  • Research ethics and empirical research
  • Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
  • Education and inter-professional studies
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion


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.

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