Intensive Bioethics Course

Participant at IBC 43.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and following Georgetown University guidance, it is with regret that the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics have decided to cancel the Intensive Bioethics Course (IBC) this year.

IBC 44 had been scheduled for June 4-6, 2020. It is now scheduled for June 2021 (provisionally 10 through 12 June). Further details about next year’s course will be posted in due course.

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics are planning other events — virtual and perhaps at a later date on campus — in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will announce these opportunities once we have further details.

Thank you for your continuing support of the world’s premier bioethics course. 

We hope that everyone remains safe and well at this trying time.

With our best wishes

Professor John Keown and Dr. Kevin Donovan


Join us at Georgetown University on June 4-6, 2020, for the 44th annual Intensive Bioethics Course (IBC). This world-famous course offers stimulating plenary lectures by eminent scholars and clinicians, followed by in-depth small-group discussions led by expert facilitators.

The IBC was relaunched in 2019 following a review of how best it can meet the needs and interests of healthcare professionals, and others wishing to deepen their understanding of bioethics, in the 21st century. The updated course is a collaborative venture between the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) and the university’s Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics (PCCB), reflecting the course’s greater emphasis on clinical bioethics. IBC43 attracted a capacity audience and generated glowing feedback from participants.

IBC 43 participants in plenary session.

IBC 44 will, again, provide an immersive, intensive experience in a compact three-day format. Day 1 (led by experts from the KIE) will explore ethical theory, including core ethical principles and issues in global bioethics. Day 2 (led by experts from the PCCB) will focus on key issues and challenges in clinical bioethics. Day 3 will address selected contemporary and emerging bioethical issues. The course will retain its ever-popular small-group discussion sessions that explore the issues raised by the plenary talks.

We look forward to welcoming you to the historic campus of Georgetown University in the nation’s capital as we pursue, in a congenial and conversational environment, our commitment to top-quality professional education in bioethics.

Register for IBC 44. Sign up now for the early bird rate!

The Bioethics Research Library, a perk of IBC.

Accreditation
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by MedStar Health and Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 16.50 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change, accredited by MedStar Health.


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