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32nd Annual Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics @ South Campus Center, Room 221
Jul 29 – Aug 2 all-day

This annual one-week Seminar, directed by Dr. Denise Dudzinski & Dr. Thomas McCormick, is taught by faculty in the Department of Bioethics & Humanities.  It is an intensive, interactive introduction to the four-box method of analysis of clinical ethical problems, developed by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in their book Clinical Ethics.  The Seminar also introduces the Core Competencies in Health Care Ethics Consultation.  Lectures are designed to familiarize participants with basic definitions and arguments in each of the major topics of clinical ethics.  In addition, the Seminar aims to provide participants with skills and information sufficient to enable them to make competent ethical decisions in clinical situations and to assist others in doing so.  Hence, careful attention is paid to methods of case analysis and to discussion of cases. The Seminar has always attracted a mix of participants that resembles the actual participants in clinical care, making it possible to share different, but complementary views.


3rd Annual Surgical Ethics Conference @ South Campus Center, Room 221
Aug 2 all-day

This one-day conference employs the methods of ethical analysis taught in the Summer Seminar to analyze topics of special interest to surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and hospital administrators.  Lectures tailored to surgical specialties define ethical principles and concepts.  Multi-disciplinary panels and small group discussions allow participants to better understand the ethical debates that bear upon each topic.  In addition, the conference introduces participants to skills and information sufficient to enable them to make competent ethical decisions in clinical situations.

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.


Next Steps in Health Reform 2019 @ Washington, D.C.
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day

Bringing together national leaders in health care law, policy, economics, and administration to track implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other statutes, identify developments on the horizon, and offer bold, new ideas for balancing cost, access, quality and patient autonomy in our rapidly changing health care system.

Symposium on the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems @ University of Michigan
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

The ELSI-LHS symposium is an interdisciplinary event that provides an opportunity for collaboration and learning among colleagues with diverse perspectives on ELSI-LHS, including technical infrastructure, informatics, medicine, public health, community engagement, law, ethics, and social science. The theme of the 2019 ELSI-LHS symposium is Precision Medicine and Learning Health Systems.


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