ICCEC 2015
Improving Quality and Professionalism of
Clinical Ethics Education & Consultation

11th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation
Hosted by: The Bioethics Program of Clarkson
& Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York City, May 20-22, 2015

Why is ICCEC 2015 important?

Clinical ethics consultation arose around fifty years ago as a separate voluntary activity on the part of what came to be called “hospital ethics committees” and “clinical ethics consultants.” As ethical issues grew more vexing, demands on time increased and the need for specialized knowledge became increasingly evident. In response, ethics training programs were developed in the US and worldwide. Recently the national bioethics societies in Canada, Europe and the US developed a consensus statement on the core competencies for clinical ethics consultation, effective methods for clinical ethics education, and codes of professional accountability for anyone engaged in clinical ethics consultation.

At the same time, clinical ethicists and their professional associations have attempted to professionalize our field by developing codes of ethics and proposing formal accreditation of clinical ethicists. Simultaneously, training programs developed new methods for teaching and assessing competency in clinical ethics consultation. This conference offers an opportunity to discuss and analyze these developments.

This is the first conference to present a systematic overview of these developments by leaders in the field.

Program Goal

Currently there are no practice standards or certification for clinical ethicists and no training or skills standards. The newly revised standards for clinical ethics competency are not formally required or enforced. Until recently, there were no codes of ethics in the U.S. for clinical ethicists. Without codes and standards there are no criteria for differentiating good conduct of clinical ethics consultation from faulty conduct and no assurance to the public of the competency of clinical ethics consultation. The goal of this conference is, therefore, to promote discussion of these issues and to advance efforts to professionalize clinical ethics consultation.


  1. Identify the core competencies for clinical ethics consultation
  2. Distinguish appropriate consultation from inadequate and uninformed consultation
  3. Describe the specific duties of a clinical ethicist as prescribed in the ASBH code of professional responsibilities.
  4. Compare and contrast different approaches to clinical ethics analysis and appraise their advantages and disadvantages.

Target Audience

Practicing clinical ethicists and ethicists in training including: medical educators, medical historians, nurses, philosophers, physicians, lawyers, standardized patient actors, religious counselors, social workers, therapists

For more information about ICCEC conferences and their history visit www.clinical-ethics.org

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