The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities.


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Mark Your Calendars

The ASBH Call for Proposals is closed. If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of its status in May. Mark your calendar now for the 17th Annual Meeting in Houston in October.

Call for Nominations

The 2015 Call for Nominations is open until May 1. You may nominate one or more members for each open position, and self-nominations are also accepted. Complete a form for each nominee and attach a brief resume or CV.

Call for Awards

Nominations for the following awards are due by May 1. Nominations must include the nominee's name and current professional affiliation, as well as the reasons for making the nomination. The awards will be presented at the ASBH 17th Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

The ASBH Lifetime Achievement Award is the Society's highest honor. It recognizes a distinguished individual for excellence in bioethics and/or the medical humanities. It is given in recognition of longstanding achievement in bioethics and/or the medical humanities. Criteria for selection include but are not limited to influential scholarship; research, artistic or literary works; significant scholarly, institutional, or organizational efforts that have enhanced the ethics of clinical practice; and/or meaningful contributions to undergraduate, graduate, professional, or public education in bioethics and/or the medical humanities. The awardee is expected to make a 10-15 minute presentation at the ASBH Annual Meeting. Nominees need not be a member of the Society.

The ASBH Distinguished Service Award may be given to a current a longstanding member of ASBH who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing the goals of the Society. In making this award, the committee will consider such contributions to ASBH as consistent volunteer activity; extraordinary service on the board of directors, committee, or task force; advancement of a significant publication or program or other creative work; mentorship of other leaders; or other service that had a lasting impact.

Send your nominations to the ASBH Awards Committee c/o This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Quality Attestation Presidential Task Force Update

The ASBH Quality Attestation Presidential Task Force (QAPTF) has reviewed the 23 clinical ethics consultation portfolios submitted for the pilot evaluation process, using a scoring system developed for this purpose. At this time, all of the participants have been notified of the results of the review of their portfolios. The QAPTF is proceeding deliberately to incorporate the lessons from this process in planning the next steps and pursuing funding to support those steps. As described in an article in the Hastings Center Report, October 2013, the portfolio review was designed to establish eligibility for the next step, which the task force envisioned as an oral exam.

Much has been learned through this process and more work remains. The task force is grateful for the participation of those who submitted their portfolios and remains committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the participants and the content of their portfolios. They are currently drafting a manuscript describing the experience, results, and learnings of the portfolio review process. ASBH will notify members when this article is published and provide a further update at the ASBH Annual Meeting, October 22-25, 2015, in Houston, TX.


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