Harvard Surgical Ethics Conference

The Surgical Ethics Working Group (SEWG) at Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics offers a free virtual surgical ethics conference over four weeks. Each week features a different topic that explores timely and controversial questions in surgery today. Topics are relevant to practicing surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, nurses, nursing students, advanced practice providers, bioethicists, graduate students, and other health care professionals. Participants learn how to accurately distinguish and discuss the ethical challenges associated with these surgical issues.

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When and where is the conference taking place this year?

All four sessions will be hosted live on Zoom. The Zoom webinar link and call-in details will be provided in the registration confirmation email. The one Zoom link will grant you access to all four sessions in the series. The session dates and topics are in development.

Where are the Zoom links and call-in details?

Upon registering, you will automatically and immediately receive a confirmation email with the Zoom details. We highly recommend pinning/saving this confirmation email in your inbox. Please ensure that you have entered your email address correctly during registration. If you are having trouble finding your confirmation email, we recommend checking your spam folders, junk filters, and quarantines. Before registering, you may want to add Constant Contact and the Center for Bioethics to your "safe-sender" lists.

How do I get a certificate of attendance?

Registrants who are verified as attending all four (4) sessions live on Zoom will receive a certificate of attendance in the weeks following the conference. It is important that you enter your details correctly during the registration process and access the sessions with an up-to-date Zoom account that displays your full name. If we cannot identify you, we cannot verify your attendance. Learn how to change your name on Zoom prior to the conference. The Center staff will use this information to verify your attendance across the four sessions and determine your eligibility for a certificate.

Will this conference be recorded?

Yes, all four sessions will be recorded. The videos will be published on the Center's YouTube channel following the conference, after they have been reviewed and edited by the team. Watching the videos later on YouTube does not make you eligible for a certificate of attendance.