Foundations of Bioethics (4-Day Program)

COVID-19 Update

April 18, 2020

Many of you, along with our alumni and faculty, are in the trenches of the coronavirus response: working in ICUs and ERs in Madrid, Tel Aviv, the US, the Czech Republic, and China, or writing triage policy to confront these challenges. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts daily.

Due to continuing complications with the coronavirus, we are unable to host our 4-day in-person Foundations of Bioethics program scheduled for June 2020. We will reschedule the Foundations program, likely in December or January. We are working now to decide whether it will be online or in-person.  As soon as we know more about the new program dates, we will update this website.

If You Already Registered for Foundations:

  1. You will be first on the list if you would like to attend the next Foundations program, or our June 2021 Foundations program. 
  2. Please fill out this form so we can gather important information (such as location to send your refund and whether you are interested in upcoming programs).
  3. If you have already paid, we will refund you in full.

This virus has the ability to exacerbate what’s already fragile within our societies: it can further isolate the lonely and endanger the lives of our working families. It may take the lives of our elders. It manifests in hoarded supplies and the fear of a hug.  So let’s all try to find our way through this together. Let’s minimize our exposure to others, care for our neighbors, and find small, novel ways to build community. And please ask for help when you need it. 

New Haven is expecting an onslaught of coronavirus cases over the next few weeks.  Students and staff at the university are not allowed (by state decree) to go to campus. Everyone is working from home, in suboptimal conditions, unable to visit loved ones in the hospital and waiting for the surge.  All this is to say that faculty and staff are working tirelessly to support our programs and students but we are working under strained conditions, and our ability to reply to you may be slower than usual.

We may experience financial challenges associated with summer program changes.  If you are able to support our Center’s work with even a small donation, we would be exceedingly grateful.  Refilling our coffers will help us continue to offer scholarships to students and keep our program prices low. We’re all in this together. Please click here to make a donation. Thank you.

Finally, here are links to COVID-19 guidance just issued by the Hastings Center.  We participated in a few of these projects. Bioethics.net and Nuffield Council also have bioethics resources on the coronavirus.

 Looking forward to smoother days ahead, and wishing you health and safety in the days to come,

Lori Bruce, MA, MBE

Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University
Chair, Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine

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The Foundations Program

This annual four-day program is scheduled for June 9-12, 2020. 

This program is intended for those who are interested in ethics as it relates to the clinical setting, research, policy, and law as well as the history and theories of bioethics. Topics will be explored through lectures, case studies, and small-group break-out sessions. Attendees will include graduate students, professionals, and undergraduate students. Recent attendees include physicians, legal scholars, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and professors from Japan, China, Serbia, Canada, the US, Turkey, and 20 other countries, along with students from Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Spain, Brazil, and so forth. Our audience tends to include clinicians, students, philosophers, chaplains, attorneys, public health officials, and anthropoligists.  To discuss whether the program is a good fit for you, contact Lori Bruce, Program Director, at bioethics@Yale.edu.

Program Schedule

Please click here for our 2019 program; our 2020 program will be quite similar.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this four-day program, participants will be able to answer:

  • What is bioethics, and what is ethical theory?
  • What are the main principles, concepts, and common terms in bioethics?
  • What methods, frameworks, and arguments are commonly used in bioethics?
  • What are the most pressing issues in bioethics today (in research, law & policy, clinical ethics, and more)?
  • How might I utilize bioethics in my career?

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits (ACCMEs) will be provided upon request.

Location

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Cost

Reduced rates for registrations received by Nov. 15th: 

  • $425 students, $475 young professionals, $550 advanced professionals;

Registrations after November 15th:

  • $500 students, $550 young professionals, $650 advanced professionals;

This cost is limited to the program events.  Transportation, accommodations, and meals are additional.  

Registration

To request a slot, email us at bioethics@Yale.edu with a short summary (3-5 sentences) of your interest in the program and your current position.  

Payment 

Full payment of the program fee is due 30 days after receiving a letter of acceptance. 

Payment information is available here

Withdrawal Policy

Registrants who pay, then withdraw from the program, are subject to the following refund schedule:
  • 75% of the program fee is refunded if withdrawal notification is received before April 15 (6 weeks before the program’s start date); 
  • 50% of the program fee is refunded if withdrawal notification is received between April 15th and May 11th.
  • After May 11th, no refund can be offered.

Planning Your Visit

Accommodations

The program will be held within 4 blocks of the Bioethics Center (238 Prospect St, New Haven, CT).
Short-term housing options include small, local inns as well as hotels.  Some frequently used options include:

The Oden House (formerly Farnam Guest House)

http://www.odenhouse.org/

The Omni Hotel

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/new-haven-yale

The Study

www.studyatyale.com

The Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hvndt-courtyard-new-haven-at-yale

Amadeus

Short-term weekly rentals.

http://www.amadeuscenter.com/guesthouse.html  

Travel to Yale

Information about the closest airports, along with ideas about how to travel to/from Yale, is located here:

https://your.yale.edu/administrative-services/travel-relocation-fleet/travel/air-travel/airport-shuttle

Meals

Meals are not provided in the Foundations program.  The following options are located close to the Bioethics Center.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee is available at the KBT Café. They only accept credit cards. See their website: https://hospitality.yale.edu/retail/kbt-cafe

Lunch is often “at the carts” where many local vendors sell Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and other types of meals.  This is mostly a cash-only option, located near Yale’s Ingalls Rink. 

Abundant dinner options are available in downtown New Haven.

Parking

There are a variety of options for parking, including fairly numerous street parking spots. Parking on Prospect St. is available through meters at $1.50/hour, all day long; you can pay via credit card or coins/dollar fills and you can feed the meter for a full day. Another option is the Lock Street Garage at Yale Health, which is a pay-to-park indoor garage four blocks from the location. To learn more about other parking options in New Haven, visit https://parknewhaven.com.

Continuing Education Credits

Up to 22.75 ACCMEs may be earned, based on days of attendance. 

Accreditation: All segments of this program have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., and The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University.  The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Each daily segment is designated a maximum number AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should only claim credit for actual participation.   

Disclosure: The speakers and the members of the Planning Committee do not have any commercial or financial interest which would bias the presentation. 

Day 1:

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., is has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.   Physicians should only claim credit for actual participation.   

Day 2:

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., is has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.   Physicians should only claim credit for actual participation.   

Day 3:

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., is has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.   Physicians should only claim credit for actual participation.   

Day 4:

The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc., is has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.   Physicians should only claim credit for actual participation.  

Previous Years

Our 2018 program is available here.