Encounters in Bioethics Program

Encounters in Bioethics is an essential part of the Centre for Health Care Ethics’ mission to foster high quality, ethical health care through research, education, and capacity building. Eight times a year Encounters in Bioethics presents discussions and dialogues on ethical issues in health care. The sessions are freely available and made accessible via the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Each one-hour long session usually consists of a guest speaker, who is a recognized scholar/researcher, a local/regional practitioner, and/or a person with lived experience or caregiver. The speaker presents on a particular topic that highlights current moral issues in bioethics. After the presentation, there is normally an opportunity to discuss the issues with questions and comments from audience members via the online chat feature. As examples, past Encounters in Bioethics discussions have focused on issues such as: end-of-life decisions, ethics of research with human subjects, Indigenous health ethics, cross-cultural values, religious and cultural interpretations, allocation of scarce resources, and professional codes of ethics. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Please join us!