The American Society for Bioethics + Humanities (ASBH) holds its 16th Annual Meeting Oct. 16-19, 2014. The theme is “Inclusive & Interprofessional: Bioethics & Humanities?” The call for proposals will close at 11:59 pm Central Time, Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Bioethics and the health humanities purport to offer guidance on how to act ethically in collaboration with patients, their families and support circles, and within the health care system. As fields of study and practice, they call attention to power and disparities, from the classroom to the clinic. They expose injustice and act to right wrongs. But how well do bioethics and the health humanities truly recognize power and privilege? They are inclusive, but how well do they represent differences in identity, such as race and ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender, and socio-economic status? They are multi-disciplinary, but are they interprofessional? This annual meeting is dedicated to three questions: 1. How inclusive and interprofessional are bioethics and the health humanities? 2. How inclusive and interprofessional can we become? 3. How can we improve practice, education, and health for all, through attention to inclusion and interprofessionalism?