Bioethics Conference Marks Nearly Two Decades of Success

Some 300 health professionals and students attended the 19th annual “Florida Ethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions Conference” last week, continuing the University’s track record of producing the largest community bioethics conference in the country.

“Two decades of community partnerships have led to one of the nation’s premier educational opportunities,” said Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., professor and director of the UM Bioethics Program and director of the Florida Bioethics Network. “This is a town-gown collaboration of the first magnitude.”

Speakers at the April 1 program at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa addressed an array of topics, from electronic social media and health to the nation’s HIV/AIDS strategy, and from pediatrics to geriatrics for an audience of nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists and lawyers, many of whom earned continuing education credits.

The conference was also noteworthy for the unveiling of the network’s new “Guidelines for Ethics Committees,” a book that makes more than two dozen recommendations for hospital ethics committees. Publication of the document was coordinated by Robin N. Fiore, Ph.D., of the UM Ethics Programs. Fiore also served as program director for the conference.

In conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network, the conference is sponsored by the Miller School and a variety of other leading South Florida health care organizations, academic institutions and the Florida Department of Health. UM-affiliated sponsors included UHealth, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center.

For more information about the UM Ethics Programs, visit or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Download the 19th Annual Bioethics Conference Brochure (PDF Format)

Dr. Peter Winkelstein :: Giving his presentation  'Medicine 2.0: Healthcare Meets Facebook' Prof. Marshall B. Kapp :: Giving his presentation  'Assessing Decision Making Capacity in Older Individuals:  Does the Law Give a Clue?' Dr. Jill E Winland-Brown :: Giving her presentation  'Nurse and Physician Perspectives on Moral Distress'
Dr. Peter Winkelstein Prof. Marshall B. Kapp Dr. Jill E. Winland-Brown

Dr. Ronald O.Valdiserri :: Giving his presentation  'Implementing a National HIV Strategy' Dr. Dwayne C. Turner :: Giving his presentation  'Implementing a National HIV Strategy'
Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri Dr. Dwayne C. Turner

Login Form