Annual Conference

Preconference Sessions*


To register for one of the sessions listed below, add them to your conference registration package today! If you have already registered for the Annual Conference, call ASBH Member Services at 847.375.4745 to add the session(s) to your registration. 

HEC-C Review Course (001)

Tuesday, October 12

Noon–3:30 pm CDT

ASBH Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee Members:
Virginia L. Bartlett, PhD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Trevor M. Bibler, PhD MTS HEC-C, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Barbara L. Chanko, MBA RN, National Center for Ethics in Health Care, New York, NY
Amy M. DeBaets, PhD ThM MDiv MA HEC-C, Hackensack Meridian Health, Hackensack, NJ
Gavin G. Enck, PhD HEC-C, OhioHealth, Columbus, OH
Ellen M. Robinson, PhD RN HEC-C, Massachusetts General Hospital, Stoneham, MA
Laura B. Webster, DBE RN HEC-C, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Developed and presented by ASBH Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs (CECA) Committee members, this updated review course will provide a solid foundation for those planning to take or interested in taking the HEC-C examination. This year’s course will be highly interactive, with enhanced sample questions providing attendees an opportunity to test their knowledge and connect information with the HEC-C examination content outline, knowledge statements, and core references as a review framework. The 3.5-hour session will include discussion and practice test questions in each of the following areas:

  1. Healthcare Ethics Issues and Concepts: Big Picture
  2. Healthcare Ethics Issues and Concepts: Clinical Encounters
  3. Healthcare Systems and Health Law
  4. Clinical Context
  5. Local Healthcare Organizations and Policies

Each attendee will receive a PDF version of the HEC-C Study Guide prior to the session and have complimentary access to the newly developed ASBH online HEC-C Examination Study Group.

Extra-Cost Event
$110 Member/$160 Nonmember/$55 Student

Responding to Ethical Dilemmas in Children’s Hospitals (002)

Tuesday, October 12

1:303:30 pm CDT

John Lantos, MD HEC-C, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Annie Janvier MD PhD FRCPC, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Dominic Wilkinson, PhD MBBS FRACP FRCPCH, Jesus College, Oxford

In this workshop, we will address some of the unique ethical issues that arise in children’s hospitals. We will present cases that led to ethics consultations and show how the consultant responded. We will also talk about some of the different ways that bioethicists can create moral spaces within tertiary-care pediatric hospitals. Some of the issues are similar to those that arise in adult settings. In intensive care units, doctors and nurses must engage parents in discussions about life-sustaining treatment just as intensivists caring for adults must engage family members. But in pediatrics, the guiding principle is beneficence rather than autonomy. That leads to different analyses and different resolutions of conflicts. Clinicians and ethicists in fetal health centers must balance the interests of pregnant women, fetuses, babies-to-be, and extended family members. Often, they do so under conditions of uncertainty, with unique choices that include termination of pregnancy or intrauterine interventions. Transgender clinics for children must deal with complex issues of identity and sexuality. Surprisingly, there very few formal ethics consultations in most children’s hospitals. Instead, it seems, controversial issues are discussed using other procedures and in other forums.

Extra-Cost Event
$75 Member/$105 Nonmember/$40 Student

Preconference Series: Diverse Forms of Public Engagement in Bioethics

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained every aspect of our healthcare system and devastated the health and well-being of already marginalized members of our communities. It has also made it clear that bioethics and health humanities have an important public role and that bioethicists and health humanists have a responsibility to the larger communities in which they live and practice. This workshop series will focus on opportunities for diverse forms of public and community engagement on a broad range of bioethics issues. Panelists will share their expertise and experience engaging with the public in diverse contexts, including community-engaged research, community-engaged teaching and service-learning, communications and media engagement efforts, and policy advocacy with public and private actors. The overall goal of the series is to help participants appreciate the skills and values that underlie different forms of public engagement and to identify a range of specific examples and strategies.

You may choose to attend all three sessions or individual sessions that best meet your interests.

Doing Bioethics and Humanities in Public: Learnings from Hastings Center Initiatives (003)

Tuesday, October 12

11–11:45 am CDT

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY
Liz Bowen, PhD, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY
Erik Parens, PhD, The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY

"Public-facing bioethics" and "public humanities" projects connect scholarship with human experience, supporting practices of thinking and doing together. In this workshop, scholars from the Hastings Center will discuss strategies for building widely interdisciplinary collaborations, engaging diverse public audiences, and cultivating accessible spaces for conversation on topics such as disability justice, population aging, and immigrant health.

Extra-Cost Event
$45 Member/$60 Nonmember/$20 Student


Who Do I Trust? Learning and Action for Policy Advocacy (004)

Tuesday, October 12

Noon–12:45 pm CDT

Lena Hatchett, PhD, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed strains in every aspect of our healthcare system and devastated the health and well-being of marginalized neighborhoods and communities. This presentation introduces trust-building strategies to advance public policy and reduce health inequities. Participants explore trust building both from a personal and collaborative perspective and with attention to effective outcomes and sustainability.

Extra-Cost Event
$45 Member/$60 Nonmember/$20 Student


Public Bioethics: Bringing Our Social Justice Work to Popular Media (005)

Tuesday, October 12

1–1:45 pm CDT

Keisha Ray, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a light on many bioethicists’ unpreparedness to speak about social justice, bioethics, and vulnerable populations with journalists from popular media sources. It is important for bioethicists to be able to highlight our expertise in a manner that is accessible to the general public and that critically frames issues affecting vulnerable populations. This presentation will draw on example of interviews with journalists and podcast hosts on the topics of Black health, COVID-19, and vaccines to demonstrate tips and tools for bringing bioethics out of the academy and into popular media.

Extra-Cost Event
$45 Member/$60 Nonmember/$20 Student

Register today for the 2021 ASBH Conference and these preconference sessions! For those that have already registered, contact ASBH Member Services at 847.375.4745 to add the session(s) to your registration. 

*All times listed are Central Daylight Time (CDT).