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Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

What is the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)?

The Society is an educational organization whose purpose is to promote the exchange of ideas and foster multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.

How large is ASBH? 

ASBH membership varies throughout the year, but as of December 2021, ASBH has more than 1,950 members.

Does ASBH have a set of bylaws?

ASBH’s Bylaws describe the purpose of the organization, the makeup of its Board of Directors and major standing committees, and major rules by which the Board must abide. Read ASBH’s Bylaws here.

Can ASBH take “stands” on moral or policy issues?

ASBH leadership and its Board of Directors must abide by ASBH’s Bylaws, which prohibit the Society from attempting to influence legislation and issuing positions on substantive moral and policy issues. The Society may, however, adopt positions on matters related to academic freedom and professionalism in the fields of bioethics and the health humanities upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the full Board of Directors. Read ASBH’s Bylaws here.

Does ASBH have a code of ethics? 

ASBH's Code of Ethics set out the core ethical responsibilities of individuals performing healthcare ethics consultation. Read the Code of Ethics here.

Who are the current leaders of ASBH? 

ASBH is led by an Executive Committee that comprises the President, the Immediate Past President, the President-Elect, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The rosters of the current Executive Committee and Board of Directors are available here

Who is the ASBH spokesperson?

The President of the Board serves as the official spokesperson for ASBH. The President may from time to time designate other board members or past presidents to serve in this capacity for specific purposes or occasions.

What are ASBH’s strategic initiatives? 

ASBH’s Board of Directors has identified strategic priorities for the Society in six areas: the annual conference; resources for ethics consultation; certification for healthcare ethics consultants; the health humanities; governance and leadership; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about ASBH's Strategic Priorities here.

How is ASBH working to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the Society? 

In 2019, ASBH adopted the following strategic priority: “Define diversity, equity, and inclusion goals for ASBH as an organization and how those values will be reflected through ASBH programs.” In support of this priority, the Board of Directors approved a framework to provide structure and guidance for the Society’s DEI efforts. The foundational vision of the framework is to welcome, encourage, and support people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, beliefs, abilities, and identities who are engaged in bioethics and humanities. We encourage all to view the areas of focus and goals included in the framework.

Does ASBH endorse other meetings? 

ASBH will accept applications for endorsement of meetings sponsored by colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations. ASBH will list the meetings it endorses on its website but will provide no other support. ASBH will not endorse meetings that occur within 4 weeks of ASBH’s Annual Conference. Download a Meeting Endorsement Application here.

Does ASBH have its own journal? 

ASBH does not have its own journal, but ASBH has published three texts for clinical ethics consultants, available here. Through agreements with publishers, ASBH members qualify for discounts on a number of bioethics and health humanities journals. The full list of discounted journals is available here.

What is ASBH's advertising policy? 

ASBH offers year-round opportunities to advertisers in the following categories:

  • Publishers, book distributors and others related to the publishing field
  • Academic programs or organizations
  • Professional societies
  • Other organizations or institutions relevant to bioethics and the health humanities and whose aims are consistent with ASBH's mission and goals as approved by the ASBH President or designee.

Learn more about the available opportunities here.

 

Membership

Who may become a member of ASBH? 

Membership is open to anyone interested in the specialties of bioethics and the health humanities. Our current membership spans a range of professional disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social work, theology, research, education, and public health.

What are the benefits of membership? 

ASBH offers members the opportunity to share their clinical or academic interests, network with others who practice in similar settings, and advance their careers. ASBH members are entitled to a range of networking opportunities such as special interest Affinity Groups, career development programs, and a membership directory. Learn more about the benefits here.

How do I log in as a member on the ASBH website? 

How do I access the Membership Directory? 

You can access the database by clicking on “Membership Directory” under the Membership tab of the ASBH website menu. If you are not logged in at that point, you will be prompted to do so before you can access the page. AFter you log in, you can search by name, location, area of expertise, work setting, and the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) credential.

How do I update my contact information? 

To update your contact information, log into the ASBH website and click “My Account” on the upper-right corner of the screen. Click “Edit Contact Information,” and then update your name, credentials, phone number, email, or web links as desired. To change your address or update your affiliation, click “Edit” below the Primary Address section. Remember to click “Save Changes” at the end! You can update your area of expertise, degrees earned, professional discipline, position, and primary work setting by clicking on “Demographics” on the left side in the About Me section. You can also update your information by contacting Member Services.

Can I renew my membership online? 

How can I access a copy of the receipt for payment of my membership dues? 

To access a copy of your receipt, log into the ASBH website and click “My Account” on the upper-right corner of the screen. Click on “Purchase History” in the menu on the left side of the page. Adjust the date range to match the desired purchase date. To focus on a specific order, click on its order number on the right side. You can then save or print the receipt by clicking “Printable View.” You can also contact Member Services at 847.375.4745 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a receipt.

How do I join an Affinity Group?

To join an Affinity Group, log into the ASBH website and click “My Account” on the upper-right corner of the screen. On the left side, click “Affinity Groups” in the Membership and Participation section. Check the box for each group you would like to join, and then click “Save.” Learn more about Affinity Groups here.

How do I post to the ASBH ListServe? 

You can post to the ListServe by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from the email address affiliated with your ASBH account. If you are not sure which email address is affiliated, contact Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please consult the ASBH ListServe policy before submitting a post, and note that your message may be held for up to 36 hours to avoid conflict with official ASBH announcements.

How do I post a job to the Career Center? 

To access the Career Center, visit the Career Opportunities page on the ASBH website, and then click “Post jobs.” If you have never posted a job before, you will need to create an Employer account with our partner, Naylor. Your ASBH log-in credentials are not compatible with the Career Center; you will need to log into or create a Naylor account. To do so, click “Sign In” on the right side, next to “Help.” After you have logged into a Naylor account, you can click “Post Jobs” to create a new post or view options for managing existing posts and applications.

How can I serve ASBH? 

ASBH offers many opportunities for members to get involved in all facets of the Society. Members interested in serving are encouraged to read their emails from ASBH and respond to the opportunities that best suit their interests and availability. Calls for volunteers will also be posted to the new Service Opportunities page on the ASBH website.

How are volunteers selected? 

Each opportunity has a unique set of preferred qualifications and necessary availability for volunteers. Some positions, such as Peer Reviewer and Executive Committee Member, require applicants to have had prior experience participating in ASBH programs or serving ASBH. Depending on the opportunity, volunteers may be selected by committee chairs, category leaders, or the ASBH President. Learn more about volunteer opportunities and their selection processes here.

 

Annual Conference

Who decides where the Annual Conference will be held each year? 

The Board of Directors chooses conference locations, using a number of determinants, including site price, room rates, available dates, additional costs and fees, and average flight costs from locations across the country.

How are registration rates determined? 

Registration rates are set by the Board of Directors each year during the budgeting process. The Board balances the need to cover conference expenses with the desire to keep registration rates accessible and comparable with similar interdisciplinary conferences. 

How can I get a discount on ASBH Annual Conference registration? 

There are a number of ways to save on your Annual Conference registration. ASBH offers discounted rates for students and members. If you decide not to become a member, you can still receive a $100 discount by registering before the early-bird deadline in September.

Do speakers need to register for the conference? 

All speakers need to be registered for the conference in order to present. Speakers who have gone through the abstract submission process must register by a specific deadline in order to reserve a spot in the conference schedule. Visit the conference page for more information on registration deadlines.

How can I get an accommodation for a special need? 

At the end of the proposal submission form, you will find a place ot request any special accommodations necessary for you to be able to present at the conference. Please contact ASBH’s Education and Operations Coordinator, Lauren Winters, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding any further accommodations.

May I include speakers outside the fields of bioethics and the health humanities in my conference proposal? 

ASBH’s Guest Speaker Policy allows for speakers outside the fields of bioethics and the health humanities to offer a unique point of view at the Annual Conference. Designated Guest Speakers may attend the session at which they are presenting without paying registration fees, with the understanding that they will attend only the session in which they are presenting. This designation is limited to nonmembers who otherwise would not attend the ASBH Annual Conference and who either (1) work in a governmental, industry, or comparable capacity not directly related to bioethics or the health humanities and would bring a unique point of view; or (2) represent patients and/or family members who have a connection to the topic being presented.

To submit a request for the Guest Speaker designation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the desired guest’s name, email, and an explanation of their qualification for the designation.

How can my co-presenters submit a conflict of interest (COI) disclosure form? 

After conference decisions have been sent out, all co-presenters will be prompted to complete a COI disclosure form via the email listed on the proposal submission. All co-presenters must complete the form by the specified deadline in order for the proposal to remain in the conference schedule.

How can I receive continuing education (CE) credit for the conference?

To claim CE for the Annual Conference, you must purchase CE credit at the time of registration, attend the live event, and complete evaluations following the event. ASBH typically offers Continuing Medical Education credit, Continuing Nursing Education credit, Professional Continuing Education credit, and Social Work credit. Learn more about each year’s available CE credit and the process for completing an evaluation here.

 

Certification 

What is the relationship between ASBH and the HCEC Certification Commission?

In 2017, ASBH decided to advance its mission by creating a functionally autonomous body, the Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification Commission (“the Commission”), with responsibility for administering a certification program for healthcare ethics consultants. The purpose of the certification program is to promote excellence and professionalism within the field of health-care ethics consultation by documenting individual performance as measured against a predetermined level of knowledge and skill.

The Commission has autonomy in decision making for all essential certification policies and activities such as eligibility standards; standards for initial certification and maintaining certification; disciplinary determinations; the development, administration, and scoring of examinations; and the selection of subject-matter experts.

ASBH retains decision-making authority for non-essential certification decisions including those related to staff selection and office location; marketing and communication efforts; and final budget or contract approval as long as sufficient financial resources are provided for the certification program and  as long as policies and procedures are in place to provide for autonomy in essential certification decisions. These decisions shall be made in collaboration or consultation with the Commission.

How can I obtain the Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) credential?

To become an HEC-C, you must meet the qualifications outlined in the Candidate Handbook, pay the application fee, and pass the qualifying examination. Learn more about the process and download an application here.

 

Still have questions? Contact ASBH Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847.375.4745.