Postponed until June 2021

POSTPONED: The Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course for next year, June 7—9, 2021, and hope that you will be able to join us then. Please sign-up to receive information about the 2021 conference.

We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and will refund all registration fees by the end of April.

Thank you for your understanding.

NEW specialty tracks in the following areas:  
  • Pediatric Ethics
  • Women’s Health
  • Surgical Ethics
  • Organizational Ethics and Health Policy
  • Social Justice Issues

View the HCBC 2018 Program PDF or the 2019 HCBC Schedule.

  • Course Description

    This intensive course is designed for members of ethics committees and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical practice.

    The target audience are physicians, ethics consultants, nurses, chaplains, social workers, health care administrators, respiratory and other therapists, human rights officers, patient representatives, psychologists, risk managers, moral philosophers, hospital attorneys and trustees. Any or all of these health professionals may be members of hospital ethics committees.

    Members of clinical ethics committees, organizational ethics task forces and ethics support services identified the need to learn theories of ethics and ethical analysis of clinical cases to prepare staff to serve on clinical ethics committees and perform clinical ethics consultations. Knowledge of common ethical problems and dilemmas in medicine, and strategies to address them will help participants increase their competence in addressing ethical questions in medical care. The combination of lectures, case discussions and seminars cover core information about ethical theories, principles, and methods, key bioethics cases from U.S. courts, evolving standards for ethics consultation, and areas of clinical ethical controversy and consensus.

    Faculty for the course are drawn from the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and from the Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions who are experts published in the specialty areas in which they teach, including bioethics, moral philosophy, medicine and health care.

    Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.

  • Continuing Medical Education Credits

    CECs available for physicians, nurses, and others.

    Information about continuing education for the 2020 Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course is not yet available. Check back or join our HCBC email list to be the first to get details. 

    See below for details about CME details for the 2019 course.

    The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 22.50 credits of Risk Management Study. This includes 5.00 Credits End-of-Life Care Studies. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

    Nurse Practioners and Registered Nurses
    For the purpose of recertification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education). We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for re-licensure.

    Learn more here: 

    Nurse CE information.pdf

    PDF icon Nurse CE information.pdf

    CME activities accredited by Harvard Medical School are offered solely for educational purposes and do not constitute any form of certification of competency. Practitioners should always consult additional sources of information and exercise their best professional judgment before making clinical decisions of any kind.

    Disclosure Policy
    Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS's policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

    Agenda/Course Schedule
    *Please Note: Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.

  • Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course Payment

    Three days of content and meals included.

    Cost for the course is $1,000. A Harvard affiliated hospital rate is available. Please be sure to use your affiliate email when registering. The deadline for registrations is June 3. There will be an administrative cancelation fee of $75.00 after May 30.

    Payment & Refund Information

    Details to come.