The annual Florida Ethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions conference is held each spring in South Florida. The April 7, 2017, program in Miami will mark the conference’s 25th anniversary.
This conference began in 1994 as a modest workshop and has evolved into what has been described as one of the largest community bioethics conferences in the country, regularly attracting as many as 400 attendees. As its name makes clear, the program aims both to provide a forum for the discussion and debate of issues in bioethics and to contribute to ethical solutions for problems and challenges in clinical practice, research and public policy.
The conference is simultaneously the Spring Conference of the statewide Florida Bioethics Network. The program is regularly approved for CMEs/CEUs/CLEs for professionals in guardianship, law, medicine, nursing, pastoral care, psychology, social work and others.
Over the years, the conference has featured many of the leading scholars, administrators and clinicians in bioethics and related fields, including Tom Beauchamp, Baruch Brody, Dan Clouser, Chuck Culver, Kathleen Foley, Bernard Gert, Al Jonsen, Alan Meisel, Steve Miles, Haavi Morreim, Bill Nelson, Hilde Nelson, Jim Nelson, Ed Pellegrino, Donna Shalala, and Michael Slote.
The annual conference depends on the financial support of some of Florida’s leading health care organizations, which underwrite blocks of subscriptions for their health professionals. In addition to special academic partners —Florida International University Hebert Wertheim College of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, Miami-Dade College and Nova Southeastern University — these institutions have included:
Conference archive: Click on the year to view that year’s program: