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25th Annual Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship in Medical Ethics – Opioid Controversies: The Crisis – Causes and Solutions @ Thurmond-Gazes Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 125
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thomas Antley Pitts, II, MD (1893-1991) served as a member of the Board of Trustees of  the Medical University of South Carolina for thirty-six years and served as its chairman for twenty-five of those years. He left a substantial bequest to the Medical University to endow “a series of lectures on medical ethics”. The series has become known as the Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship in Medical Ethics, and has been held annually since 1993.

Continuing Education Credit
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) charges $20.00 for a certificate of attendance. However, credit earned by MUSC personnel will be loaded into CME Tracker and you may view and print an unofficial transcript at no charge. See <> for details.
Physicians: The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category I CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Other Health Professionals: The Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine awards up to 0.675 CEUs or 6.75 contact hours (1 contact hour equals 0.1 CEU) to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The CEU (Continuing Education Unit) is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training activities that meet specific educational planning requirements. The Medical University of South Carolina maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded CEUs.

Accreditation Statement
The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
• Describe the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain
• Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of limiting opioid prescriptions to three days
• Explain the role of litigation as a means to combat the opioid crisis
• Discuss whether marijuana is a gateway drug for opioid use

Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics Conference @ Graylyn International Conference Center
Apr 5 @ 8:30 am – 7:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a one-day conference surveying the past, present, and future of bioethics scholarship, practice, and policy.

The conference, organized by the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society, features senior scholars whose work has shaped the field. The program includes philosophers, historians, social scientists, and lawyers, all of whom have been instrumental in creating and sustaining the field of bioethics. They will reflect on where we have been and where we should be going.

A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the work of the Hastings Center.

Pushing the Boundaries: Scientific Innovation and Biomedical Ethics @ Sabin Hall and AC Hotel by Marriott
Apr 11 – Apr 12 all-day

The conference will bring together clinicians, scientists, ethicists, medical humanities scholars, and lawyers to discuss many of today’s more pressing issues within biomedical research. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on how cutting-edge research may be influenced by various ethical, moral, social, practical, legal and scientific viewpoints.

The two-day conference is a chance for you to learn from leading scholars and participate in conversations surrounding the ethics and innovation of such timely topics as regenerative medicine, organ transplantation, right-to-try clinical care, alternative study designs, and tissue preservation.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Ethics Center, and the University of Cincinnati Office of Research.


Academy for Professionalism in Health Care 7th Annual Conference: “Social Justice and Professionalism: Exploring the Challenges and Potential” @ The Jung Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 15 – May 17 all-day

The 2019 APHC conference will explore social justice education and practice in the health professions across the U.S. and internationally. While there are many definitions of social justice, it is emphasized as a key value in the 2002 Charter on Medical Professionalism, the 2017 Code of Ethics for Social Work, and included within the 2015 Code of Ethics for Nursing. What does our experience with healthcare in the 21st century tell us about successes, failures, and opportunities in embracing social justice as a professional value? What is our path moving forward?


Ethics in Healthcare 2019 @ Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
May 21 @ 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 21, 2019 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.

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 2019!

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.

Conference Director:  Lauris C. Kaldjian, MD, PHD

Conference Coordinator:  Joyce M. Craig


15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC): It’s the Organization! Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice @ Hilton Vienna
May 23 – May 25 all-day

ICCEC 2019’s conference theme addresses the fact that clinical ethics takes place in a highly professional and institutionalized context. Clinical ethics and consultation is a practical endeavor. It takes place in an institutional setting, be it the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or mobile healthcare service. Practicing ethics in a clinical institution is different from reflecting on ethics in pure academia. It poses opportunities for ethically significant encounters with multiple stakeholders as well as challenges in facing the pressure of real-life engagement in an organization. ICCEC 2019 will focus on this intersection of practice and institution in clinical ethics and consultation.

To contribute in and to this context, clinical ethics may learn from other fields. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics.

ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.


Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference 2019 @ Keble College, Oxford
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre are pleased to announce the call for papers for the third biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference. The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd  of July 2019 at Keble College, University of Oxford.

Conference Focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of Global Health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject.

The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of Global Health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise Global Health policy, practice and research.


33rd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare: Philosophy and Ethics at the Edge of Medicine @ University of Oslo, Norway
Aug 7 – Aug 10 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Centre for Medical Ethics, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. We may think we know what the terms ‘medicine’ and ‘health care’ denote and what activities should be classed as falling under each of them. Yet both medicine and health care have fuzzy borders in themselves and also overlap with other areas of human activity, e.g. in relation to the legal system or the cosmetic industry. This raises philosophical questions about how we should understand activities that are ‘at the edge of medicine’ and ethical questions about how we should evaluate such activities. Should the ethics of medicine supply the guiding principles or should activities at the edge be governed by other considerations. These and similar questions will be explored and addressed in the conference.


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