Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics: Clinical Ethics Meets Covid-19

NOTE:  The 2022 Summer Seminar is being planned for the first week of August 2022.  Details will be posted here in Spring 2022.

2021 Summer Seminar Program Information

Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics: Clinical Ethics Meets COVID-19

August 2-3, 2021                                                               

The Department of Bioethics & Humanities invites you to the 33rd Annual Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will host the conference online this year.  Click here to register.  NOTE: Registration closes Thursday, July 22, at 5 pm Pacific time.

NEW!  We are offering a 5% group discounts for groups of 20+ from a single organization.  Contact Mary Ann Valentine (mav916@uw.edu) to coordinate registration and payment.

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Summer Seminar Course Description

The annual Summer Seminar is an intensive, interactive introduction to the 'four-box method' of analysis of ethical problems in clinical ethics, developed by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in their book Clinical Ethics. The Seminar also addresses elements of the Core Competencies in Health Care Ethics Consultation and can help attendees prepare for the healthcare ethics consultation certification exam.  

Lectures are designed to familiarize participants with basic definitions and arguments in major topics of clinical ethics and on the theme of Covid-19. In addition, the Seminar aims to provide participants with skills and information 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.

Click here for full Agenda.

2021 Summer Seminar Faculty Include

This year we posthumously honor two faculty members who created and led the Summer Seminar for over 30 years, both from the Department of Bioethics & Humanities.

SURGICAL ETHICS CONFERENCE

August 4, 2021

In partnership with the UW Department of Surgery, we are also offering the third annual Surgical Ethics Conference.  This virtual conference employs the methods of ethical analysis taught in the Summer Seminar to analyze topics of special interest to surgeons, surgical residents & fellows, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and hospital administrators.  The conference additionally introduces participants to skills and information sufficient to enable them to make competent ethical decisions in clinical situations.

A reimagined hybrid delivery has been specifically designed to accommodate participation from all arenas of healthcare. The format will incorporate asynchronous content, tailored to surgical specialties defining ethical principles and concepts, with a live online program, including multi-disciplinary small group discussions, designed to allow participants to better understand the ethical debates that bear upon each topic. 

The Surgical Ethics Conference is accredited for Continuing Medical Education units:

     The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

     The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this "other" activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for July 21, 2021 - August 9, 2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Visit the UW Department of Surgery's Center for Surgical Ethics website for more details.

Summer Seminar & Surgical Ethics Conference Objectives

  • Identify fundamental concepts and principles for the understanding of ethical issues in clinical care
  • Employ skills in decision-making for clinical cases that present ethical problems
  • Discuss current issues and cases in health care ethics

UW Surgical Ethics Seminar Faculty Include

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

  • Register for Summer Seminar & Surgical Ethics ($375)
  • Register for Summer Seminar only ($250)
  • Register for Surgical Ethics only ($125)

Click here to register.  NOTE: Registration closes Thursday, July 22, at 5 pm Pacific time.

NEW!  We are offering a 5% group discounts for groups of 20+ from a single organization who would like to attend Summer Seminar.  Contact Mary Ann Valentine (mav916@uw.edu) to coordinate registration and payment.

More Information

Summer Seminar is directed to physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, attorneys, teachers, surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, physician assistants, social workers, hospital administrators, and other professionals involved in the care of patients or the education of providers.

Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify fundamental concepts and principles for the understanding of ethical issues in clinical care.
  • Implement a method for analyzing ethical cases in clinical health care.
  • Employ skills in decision-making for clinical cases that present ethical problems.
  • Discuss current issues and cases in healthcare ethics.

The fee for the 2-day online conference is $250.  This includes electronic instruction materials and transcript of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for continuing medical education.  Click here to register. 

Registration will be open until all slots are filled, or until 12 pm Pacific Time on Friday, July 30, 2021. 

The UW Deptartment of Bioethics & Humanities will not be responsible for expenses incurred by an individual who is not confirmed and for whom space is not available at the course.

CME Accreditation for Summer Seminar on August 2-3, 2021:

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME Accreditation for Surgical Ethics on August 4, 2021:

The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cancellation Policy:

The Department of Bioethics & Humanities must receive written notification of your cancellation by July 15, 2021. A $35.00 processing fee will be deducted from refund requests received by this date. No refunds will be issued after July 15, 2021. The Department of Bioethics & Humanities reserves the right to cancel this course twenty (20) days prior to the course date when a minimum enrollment is not met or for other reasons that prevent the University from holding the course. Each registrant will be notified by email and will receive a full refund. The University of Washington is not responsible for any other costs incurred. Contact the Department of Bioethics & Humanities with questions at bhchair@uw.edu.

Conference registrants will receive a link to the syllabus materials on July 23, 2021, to view, print and/or download.

It is recommended that attendees purchase and review the book Clinical Ethics prior to the course.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance. Disability Services Office:

  • 206.543.6450/Voice
  • 206.543.6452/TTY
  • 206.685.7264/Fax
  • e-mail: dso@uw.edu

If you’d like to request that the conference provide Zoom Subtitling throughout the conference, please email bhchair@uw.edu.

NOTE: The Scholarship Opportunity for 2021 is now closed.

The Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine is proud to offer two scholarships to the 33rd Annual Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics.  One scholarship is in honor of Dr. Al Jonsen, the founder of Summer Seminar, and one is in honor of Dr. Tom McCormick, the Co-Chair for almost two decades.  These scholarships will be awarded to two professionals who would like to attend the 2021 Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics virtual conference, but are not able to because of financial hardship or other constraints. 

 

The scholarship will cover the cost of the $250 Summer Seminar registration fee.  Please apply by filling out this online application form here.

The scholarship is for Summer Seminar only (August 2-3) and does not include the Surgical Ethics conference on August 4.

 

The application deadline is June 1, 2021 and we will notify recipients by June 15, 2021.

 

If you have questions, please email bhchair@uw.edu.