Clinical Ethics Skills and Methods: Guideposts to Navigate Uncertainties at the Bedside

This 1-day program, scheduled for January 25, 2019, is intended for members of hospital ethics committees and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical medicine. Attendees will include physicians, nurses, PAs, social workers, chaplains, patient representatives, lawyers, counselors, and psychologists. Community members who serve on ethics committees are encouraged to attend. Priority will be given to those currently serving on a hospital ethics committee or ethics task force.

Program Materials

Learning Objectives

During this one-day program, participants will:

  • Review the core ethical responsibilities of individuals performing hospital ethics consultation, and how to fulfill them;
  • Learn and practice methods of mediation that can be employed in a clinical ethics consultation;
  • Participate in simulations of ethics case consultations;
  • Choose from a variety of break-out sessions which are likely to include the latest findings on marginalized populations, the role of religion in ethics consults, and recent legal happenings impacting ethics consultations. 

Planning Your Visit

Coming from out of town, or need driving directions?  Please visit our Travel Page for suggested accomodations, parking, and driving directions.


Speakers include:

Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP
The E. William Davis, Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics & Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College;
Director of Medical Ethics and Attending Physician
New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center;
Co-Director CASBI, Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury,
Weill Cornell and Rockefeller University;
Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law,
Yale Law School

Dr. Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
Research Scholar, The Hastings Center
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Mark Mercurio, MD, MA
Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology); Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine
Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program

Katherine Kraschel, JD
Lecturer in Law, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law
Executive Director of the Solomon Center, Yale Law School
Stephen Latham, JD, PhD
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Senior Research Scientist, Political Science
Adjunct Professor in Management; Lecturer in Law
Yale University
Dr. Thomas Duffy
Professor Emeritus of Medicine (Hematology), Yale School of Medicine
David Hersh, MD/PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine); Chair, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Ethics Committee; Co-Director, Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Clerkship; Director, Yale School of Medicine Pediatric Sub-internship
Lori Bruce, MA
Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University
Chair, Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine
William Logue, JD
Director of Dispute Resolution Training
Quinnipiac University School of Law

Laurie Cardona-Wolenski, PsyD
Assistant Professor; Chief of Psychology, Yale Child Study Center Psychology Training Program
Co-Director, Yale Child Study Center Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Service

Advance Preparation

Because this is only a one-day program, attendees are encouraged to familarize themselves with the program’s cases, readings, and mediation principles in advance. Materials will be provided at least two weeks before the program start date.


Space will be limited, and priority will be given to members of hospital ethics committees and ethics task forces.


$0 for members of Yale New Haven Health System’s ethics committees (Greenwich, Bridgeport, YNHH, Westerly, and Lawrence & Memorial) and community members of any hospital ethics committee;

$150 for all other attendees if payment is received by November 30th, 2018;

$175 for registrations after November 30, 2018.

Morning coffee and lunch are included in the cost of the program.  

Questions about the rate? Please reach out to us at


Yale University School of Medicine
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar St, New Haven, CT 06519

Requesting a Slot

To request a slot, email us at with a short summary (2-4 sentences) of your interest in the program, whether you currently serve on an ethics committee, your title, and any topics of pressing interest to you.  


Once confirmed, please kindly pay the program fee as outlined on our payment page.  

Program Sponsorship

This program is co-sponsored by our sister organization, the Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale’s School of Medicine.


This Activity has 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., The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University & The Program for Biomedical Ethics at Yale School of Medicine.  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.  The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc. has designated this educational activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (CMEs).  No partial credit awarded - Must attend entire program for credit. 


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

Planning Your Visit

Coming from out of town, or need driving directions?  Please visit our Travel Page for suggested accomodations, parking, and driving directions.