The 2013 Annual Meeting
Please click here to access the 2013 Annual Meeting Program book.
Please visit the Meetings Page to access the 2013 Evaluations and to purchase recordings of the 2013 Annual Meeting sessions.
The theme for the 2013 ASBH meeting, “Tradition, Innovation and Moral Courage,” encourages participants to respond to the ways bioethics and the health humanities are inspired and shaped by various moral traditions, beliefs, and methodological approaches, as well as how these very traditions and practices become the foci of contemporary bioethical and humanities work bearing on moral progress and moral “innovation.” This year’s ASBH theme invites members to reflect on the dialectic among moral traditions, moral inquiry, and moral innovation, and the ways that cultures identifying themselves as morally progressive might conceptualize the meaning and role of moral courage in realizing that progress. With bioethical work being received with ever increasing public scrutiny and impact, the 2013 ASBH conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, whose cultural roots and evolution reflect the ways tradition and innovation propelled and shaped a history in which moral courage played and continues to play a quintessential role.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASBH office at:
, or 847-375-4745.
2013 Call for Letters of Intent for Portfolio Submission as Part of the Quality Attestation Process
In an effort to develop standards and oversight for the practice of CEC, ASBH has initiated a two-step Quality Attestation pilot process to assess Consultants and identify individuals who are qualified to practice CEC.
The process involves two sequential, interrelated steps:
1) Submission of a Portfolio that presents the candidate’s qualifications and illustrates their CEC experience
2) An Oral Examination, based in part on the content of the Portfolio.
ASBH is requesting Letters of Intent to prioritize candidates for invitation to submit Portfolios. As this is the launch of our Quality Attestation process, the Selection Committee will choose a cross-section of eligible candidates whose professions represent the distribution of professions among Clinical Ethics Consultants. This will ensure a representative distribution of candidates for the first Portfolio review.
Those who participate in piloting this first step in Quality Attestation will contribute significantly to the development of standards of quality in the practice of CEC. Although this is a pilot, candidates who submit Portfolios for review will be completing the first step in Quality Attestation and will not have to resubmit when the process in eventually finalized.
Candidates must meet eligibility requirements for Portfolio submission to submit a Letter of Intent. Candidates must practice CEC, have at least a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or provide evidence of their education and training qualifications, and have sufficient CEC experience to be able to provide the following:
• Detailed summary and discussion of 6 consultations and descriptions of 6 additional consultations.
• Summary of their CEC experience.
• Statement of their philosophy of CEC.
• Three (3) letters of evaluation from individuals responsible for clinical oversight of the candidate.
For additional information, please see Quality Attestation for Clinical Ethics Consults: A Two-Step Model from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities using this link.
Letter of Intent and Portfolio submission activities and key dates are listed below:
Letter of Intent announcement: October 15, 2013
Letter of Intent submission deadline: November 15, 2013
Candidates selected to submit portfolios will be given ample time to do so.
Instructions for the Submission of the Letter of Intent
Candidates are asked to provide Letters of Intent that briefly outline their intention to submit Portfolios. Candidates who are selected to submit will then be notified according to the schedule above along with a request to proceed with full Portfolio submission. There is no fee for Portfolio submission.
• The Letter of Intent must be submitted electronically in a PDF file to Carolyn Andersen at ASBH at
• The Letter of Intent must include details that demonstrate that the candidate possesses the minimum educational requirements for portfolio review (see Eligibility Criteria).
Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and candidates will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by December 15, 2013. Candidates chosen to submit a Portfolio for step one of Quality Attestation will be given detailed instructions for Portfolio submission at that time.
If you have any questions about the submission process, you may contact Mary Beth Mercer at:
Phone: (216) 636-9350
All LOIs will be reviewed, about fifty submissions that represent the range of folks doing clinical ethics consultations will be chosen. LOIs from non-ASBH members will also be included. Those chosen to submit a full portfolio will get a head start on the QA process and be doing an important service for the broader community. The deadline to file your letter of intent is November 15th.
ASBH Core Competencies, 2nd Edition
ASBH is pleased to announce that the second edition of Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation is now available for sale. Please visit the Publications page for ordering information!