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We are excited to announce the ASBH 22nd Annual Conference education schedule is now available online. Use the site to search 2020 sessions, presentations, and participants. View a breakdown of sessions by presentation day, type, and category. Log in with your ASBH username and password to create and save a custom conference itinerary that can be updated and exported. Connect with ASBH on social media using #ASBH20 and let us know which presentations you are most excited about!

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Plenary Sessions 

Social Conscience: Evolutionary Origins and Social Needs

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2–4 pm CDT 

Patricia Churchland

Social neuroscience, especially in the last 20 years, has made impressive progress in exploring the neural mechanisms regulating social behavior, including attachment and bonding, aggression, willingness to punish, and the effects of nurturing and social stress on the developing brain. In parallel, behavioral research on nonhuman mammals and birds has revealed the existence of prosocial choice, consolation behavior, and altruistic behavior. In combination, the research raises the wider question of what these various results signify for our understanding of human social motivation in general and moral motivation in particular. Although moral philosophers since the times of Socrates and Confucius have discussed norms and values, the scientific approach has provided new insights and provoked a reconsideration of common assumptions about the nature and origin of moral values.

Social Justice and Bioethics through the Lens of the Story of Henrietta Lacks

Thursday, October 15, 2020

12:15–1:30 pm CDT 

Panelists: Ruth R. Faden, PhD MPH; Jeri Lacks; Victor Vines; Patricia A. King, JD
Moderator: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD MPH

Social justice and bioethics have never been more important than in our current times. This plenary session will feature a moderated panel discussion examining social justice and bioethics through the lens of issues and challenges raised by the story of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line derived from her cells. Topics include structural injustice; the perspective of members of the Lacks family; a retrospective on law, social justice, and bioethics from the release of the Belmont Report in 1979 to the present; and a discussion of how architecture and design can represent legacy and naming. An audience Q&A will follow the panel presentations.  

Promoting Gender Equity in Academic Medicine: A Matter of Ethics 

Friday, October 16, 2020

11:45 AM–1 pm CDT

Reshma Jagsi, MD DPhil

As a scholar whose research has long focused on understanding the mechanisms leading to gender inequity in the medical profession, Dr. Jagsi will begin by framing the ethical imperative to address gender inequity in academic medicine. She will discuss studies led by her team and others that have investigated the drivers of women's persistent under-representation among the leaders of the medical profession, even in an era when half of all medical students are female. These include myriad complex challenges, including gendered expectations, unconscious bias, and overt discrimination and harassment. She will conclude by discussing innovative interventions that have been implemented to begin the necessary process of cultural transformation in medicine. An audience Q&A will follow the panel presentation.

What about the "H" in ASBH? Exploring the Intersections Across Bioethics and Humanities

Saturday, October 17, 2020

11:45 am–1 pm CDT

Panelists: Gretchen A. Case, PhD; Patrick T. Smith, PhD; Rebecca Garden, PhD; Keisha S. Ray, PhD ; Jay M. Baruch, MD; Micah Hester, PhD
Moderator: Johanna Rian, PhD

Following the recommendation of the inaugural ASBH Taskforce on Health Humanities, this plenary explores the intersections across bioethics and humanities, with panelists addressing the questions: What do we mean by bioethics AND humanities? How should we conceptualize “the Humanities” and the points where they intersect with bioethics? An audience Q&A will follow the panel presentations.


Preconference Workshops

HEC-C Review Course (001)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10 am–1:30 pm CDT 

Lisa K. Anderson-Shaw, PHD MSN MA ANP RNC HEC-C, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL; Trevor M. Bibler, PhD MTS HEC-C, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Barbara L. Chanko, RN MBA, National Center for Ethics in Health Care, New York, NY; Deborah K. Cruze, JD MA, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Riverside, CA; Ellen M. Robinson, PhD RN HEC-C, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

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 or interested in taking the HEC-C examination. This year’s course will be a highly interactive virtual experience. Newly developed sample questions will provide attendees an opportunity to test their knowledge and connect information with the HEC-C examination content outline, knowledge statements, and core references. Course participants will participate in live interaction with the presenters and answer sample questions in real time, followed by discussions of rationales for each question. The 3.5-hour session topics will include 

  • Healthcare Ethics Issues from Big Picture Concepts to Clinical Encounters
  • Healthcare Systems & Health Law
  • Clinical Context
  • Local Healthcare Organizations and Policies

Each attendee will receive a PDF version of the HEC-C Study Guide prior to the session.

Attendees will:

  • Review content areas, knowledge statements, and core references used to create the HEC-C Examination.
  • Examine core references and the relation to HEC-C knowledge statements to identify content that may be included in the HEC-C Examination.
  • Answer sample questions simulating the format of questions on the HEC-C Examination.

Enhancing Clinical Ethics with Health Literacy Best Practices (002) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10 am–1:30 pm CDT 

Jamie Watson, PhD 

A significant portion of the U.S. population exhibits low health literacy. Evidence suggests that low health literacy is correlated with higher medical costs and poorer health outcomes. Even more concerning, evidence suggests that low health literacy threatens patients’ autonomy and exacerbates injustices in patients who are already vulnerable to difficulties navigating the health care system. There is also, however, increasing evidence that health literacy interventions improve comprehension and usefulness of health care information. Given clinical ethicists’ role in helping facilitate clear communication and helping doctors and patients develop care plans that best support patients’ interests, health literacy best practices can enhance the work of clinical ethicists in their primary roles of policy, consultation, and education. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to widely used health literacy best practices, such as plain language writing, oral health literacy practices, and strategies for effectively organizing information. This is an experiential, intensive, skills-based course designed for ethicists who write chart notes, facilitate family meetings, and prepare or review written materials (policies, informational posters, patient education materials).

Attendees will: 

  • Define health literacy and list the implications of inadequate health literacy on health care
  • Explain three strategies for addressing low health literacy
  • Apply strategies for addressing low health literacy in clinical ethics in the areas of consultation, education, policymaking, and research

Engaging Policymakers on Bioethics Issues (003)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10 am–1:30 pm CDT 

Aaron Levine, PhD; Emily Cloyd, Debra Mathews, PhD MA; Beth Roxland, JD

This virtual workshop, led by an expert in science communication from the American Association of the Advancement of Science, provides best practices and actionable tools to allow participants to begin strategically engaging with policymakers and support the use of bioethics expertise in the policymaking process. The session starts with an overview of the science and health policy landscape and the role of scientists and bioethicists in the policy process. The workshop introduces best practices for working with policymakers at a local, state or national level, including strategies for accessing and engaging with policymakers. The workshop includes facilitator presentations and individual and small group exercises using virtual breakout groups. Each participant will identify an individual communication goal and develop short messages that will resonate with specific policy audiences. In addition, participants will rehearse an in-person meeting with a policymaker, such as a member of Congress or her/his staff, gaining practice with this important form of policy engagement. Key best practices will be illustrated with examples from ASBH members experienced in engaging with policymakers. Exemplars will include Debra Mathews, who will share lessons learned from her experiences testifying before legislative bodies at the state and federal level and serving as a staff member on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and Beth Roxland, who will draw on her experience as Executive Director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, including her role helping enact the Task Force’s Brain Death Report into state regulations, and as policy analyst and advisor.

Attendees will: 

  • Understand the role of scientists and bioethicists in the policy process
  • Identify and implement best practices for discussing scientific material with policymakers
  • Develop targeted messages to discuss with policy audiences


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