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Why not be inclusive rather than exclusive when selecting abstracts for conferences?

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
is the leading U.S.-based society for many bioethicists and humanities
scholars. ASBH’s mission is to promote “
the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary,
and interprofessional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development,
professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and
academic bioethics and the medical humanities.
” It achieves these goals
by stimulating discourse through meetings, developing its own publications and
even impacting policy and practice. One major achievement by ASBH is its
attempt to standardize the practice of clinical ethics consultations by
developing the
Core Competencies in
Health Care Ethics Consultation
now available as a second edition. A
second, equally important, achievement is ASBH’s annual meeting.

As with all annual conferences, ASBH has a call for
abstracts for individual presentations and panel sessions among other venues.
They have a process of peer review and selection for accepting abstracts either
for individual oral presentations, posters, panel sessions, program workshops, and
preconference workshops. What I have noticed is for the last two years, I have personally
not had anything accepted at the ASBH annual meeting. In fact, of the few other
times I have applied, I have only been accepted to present a poster. Being
Canadian and entering the field of bioethics around 2004, I believe I have
attended only two ASBH meetings, one of which was way back when ASBH had a
joint meeting with the Canadian Bioethics Society and the last one in 2010. I
do however submit similar abstracts of my research to other bioethics, science,
and medical conference which results in its acceptance for a talk or poster,
but this seems to be a rarer case at ASBH.

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