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As we gather in the center of the country for the 2017 ASBH Annual Meeting, we consider the theme of “centering” in bioethics and humanities. Who or what is at the center of our work? What locates our roles and responsibilities within ethics centers, medical centers, and academic centers? How do we work through differences in activities and practices as members of diverse and decentralized professions? What is at stake as we engage complex perspectives from left, right, and center? How do we center ourselves as educators, scholars, and clinicians – professionally and personally – and what helps us continue our work when we find ourselves off center? Is the center where we need to be? We welcome proposals on the theme of “centering” and others in every submission category.


  • Please read this document thoroughly and collect all of the information in the requirements checklist. When you are ready to submit your proposal, click on the “My Proposals” tab in the submission tool.
  • The call for proposals will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, Friday, March 3, 2017. No proposals or changes will be accepted after that time. The ASBH office closes at 6 pm Central Time and no live assistance will be available after that time.
  • Note the 5-minute “flash” session format, new this year, in which individuals will have 5 minutes to present 3 slides. This format replaces poster presentations. More details are available in the Preferred Presentation Format section.
  • ASBH has a “two submission” rule. You can submit no more than two abstracts (including for flash presentations) or be included in no more than two workshops or panels submitted by others. This rule does not apply to pre-conference workshop presenters or to co-authors of papers or flash presentations.
  • ASBH has a “two presentation” rule. You may present no more than two times during a meeting. This rule does not apply to pre-conference workshop presenters or to co-authors or timekeepers of paper or flash presentations (who do not present).
  • If accepted, all presenters will be required to complete financial disclosure forms to qualify for continuing education credit.
  • Presenters are required to complete a registration form, pay the registration fee for the whole meeting or for one day, and cover all travel and personal expenses.
  • Questions? Call 847-375-4745 or email

Requirements Checklist

Be sure to allow time to collect all of the following information before the submission deadline. You must provide all of the information requested to complete your submission. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

For each presentation with continuing education credit

  • title
  • preferred presentation format
  • topic category
  • abstract
  • timeframe
  • 2-3 learning objectives
  • core competencies

For each presenter and co-author

  • name
  • credentials
  • institution name, city, and state
  • mailing address
  • email address
  • phone number
  • role
    • presenter
    • co-author

Preferred Presentation Format

  • 3.5 Hour Session
    These sessions are usually offered as extra-cost events before the beginning of the annual meeting proper. Pre-conference sessions usually focuson teaching content knowledge, developing a skill, or assisting members with a project. Your description should address why the content is best presented in a 3.5 hour timeframe; why the target audience will come to the meeting early and pay more for this session; the methods you will use to build skills or transmit information; and the specific expertise or background that qualifies the faculty to teach this workshop.
  • 90 Minute Session
    90 minute sessions are designed for instruction and interaction and may be used for workshops or longer panel presentations. Presenters may engage and involve the members of the audience for a significant portion of the session in small group activities, breakouts, role play, audience feedback, or discussion of cases or other content, design of materials and models, and similar forms of interactions. These sessions are limited to 4 presenters, preferably from multiple disciplines and institutions.
  • 60 Minute Session
    The ideal 60-minute session compares and contrasts a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme or includes presentations that are cross-disciplinary and build on one another. Panels are limited to 4 presenters who should be from multiple disciplines and institutions. One of these 4 presenters will serve as a moderator, and will be responsible for teeing up the discussion, introducing the presenters, keeping the session on schedule, and facilitating questions and answers as time allows.
  • 20 Minute Session
    In this format, individuals will have 15 minutes to present a brief structured discussion or lecture based on a work-in-progress or a paper whose central, substantive content has not been previously published, followed by 5 minutes to address questions from the audience. Up to three presentations will be grouped in a 60-minute session or four presentations will be grouped in a 90-minute session.
  • 5 Minute Session
    In this “flash” session format, individuals will have 5 minutes to present 3 slides: one with a title and their name and institution, a second with key points on a work-in-progress or a completed project, and a third with a bibliography. Members of the ASBH Board of Directors and Program Committee will moderate presentations and interactions with the audience by approximately 10 individuals in a 60-minute session.

Topic Category

Submit your proposal in one topic category only.  Do not revise your proposal and submit it in more than one area.

  • Arts and Literature
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Diversity, Disparity, and Inclusion
  • Education / Interprofessionalism
  • Law, Public Health Policy, and Organizational Ethics
  • Philosophy / History
  • Religion, Culture, and Social Sciences
  • Research Ethics


In 250 words or fewer, describe the content of your presentation or nature of your study as you wish it to appear in the program. Your submission will not be reviewed if you include the names of presenters or institutions or other information in the body of the abstract that will compromise the anonymous review process.

Time Frame

Describe how you will use the presentation time, including how you will engage the audience, with sufficient detail to permit an independent evaluation of the potential effectiveness of your session.

Learning Objectives

For workshops, panels, and papers:

  • Provide a minimum of 2 and no more than 3 objectives.
  • Begin each objective with a verb.
  • Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: “At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…”

Core Competencies

For workshops, panels, and papers, indicate which core competency/ies your session is designated to address. This information will be used for CE purposes only and will not be considered in the evaluation of your proposal.

  • Patient Care / Clinical Skills. Demonstrate effective use of motor and cognitive skills in diagnosis, management, and prevention of common health problems encountered in patient care.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Demonstrate effective listening, verbal, and written communication skills with a wide range of individuals and groups in order to provide patient-center care.
  • Knowledge for Practice. Demonstrate the ability to recall and apply knowledge of human structure, function, development, and pathophysiology and psychosocial development to patient care.
  • Professionalism. Demonstrate, through knowledge and behavior, a commitment to the highest standards of competence, ethics, integrity, and accountability to the patient and the profession.
  • Continuous Improvement of Care through Reflective Practice. Demonstrate habits of self-directed learning, including awareness of gaps in understanding, recognition of personal limitations, and acquisition of new knowledge and skills in order to stay current in all aspects of medical practice and provide optimal patient care.
  • Systems of Health Care. Recognize and work effectively within the larger context and system of health care to advocate for and provide quality patient care.
  • Interprofessional Collaboration. Demonstrate the ability to engage in an interprofessional team in a manner that optimizes safe, effective patient-and population-centered care.

Review and Notification

  • Only complete, online submissions will be reviewed. Proposals received via fax, mail, or e-mail will not be reviewed.
  • Any proposals that contain identifying information in the abstract will not be reviewed.
  • ASBH uses a rigorous 3-stage review process:
  1. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by an average of three ASBH members recruited for their expertise in the topic category selected. Each reviewer is asked to score the proposal on a 5-point scale considering contribution to existing knowledge; innovation, cutting-edge, and novelty; presentation of innovative solutions to current issues in the fields of bioethics and humanities; cross-disciplinary approaches; and quality of the written proposal.
  2. At the second stage of the process, one experienced reviewer for each category assesses all of the individual and average scores throughout that category, taking into consideration factors such as significance, innovation, relevance, breadth of topic, and appropriateness for the meeting.
  3. Finally, in a face-to-face meeting, the Program Committee—with access to all of the previous assessments—selects the strongest proposals that address topics of interest to a multidisciplinary community. The committee then considers balance among the categories and subjects, and scans for unique or unusual topics. At this stage, the names of all presenters are revealed to ensure compliance with the two-presenter rule.
  • The program committee may accept some proposals in a different format, e.g., a proposal submitted as a 20-minute session may be accepted as a 5-minute presentation.
  • You will receive notification of your proposal’s status via email in the spring of 2017.
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