Healthcare Ethics Consortium

Keeping Ethics Central to Healthcare 

The Healthcare Ethics Consortium (HEC) is a nationally recognized center of excellence providing leadership in health care ethics education, reflection and practice.

HEC was founded in January 1994 following a three-year planning period funded by Emory University and the Georgia Humanities Council. Healthcare professionals and health administrators statewide participated in the formation of a network of healthcare organizations that shared a common interest in bringing ethics analysis to patient care and organizational issues. The membership is comprised of hospitals and health systems, home health agencies, hospices, long-term care facilities, and other health-related organizations. The Consortium is affiliated with the Emory University Center for Ethics.

The Consortium provides educational programs and consultative services for healthcare professionals, healthcare organizations, and the community.

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2016 Annual Conference

Supporting Members

Sustaining Membership

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Emory University Hospital/Emory Healthcare

Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

Upcoming events

Wed, November 02, 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Emory Conference Center, 1615 Clifton Road NE Atlanta, Georgia 30329, Starvine Ballroom

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 

Annual Conference 2017

 Embracing "Otherness": Reconstructing Illness Narratives

March 23-24, 2017

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

Stone Mountain, Georgia


Georgia POLST Form

Emory University Center for Ethics

Healthcare Ethics Leadership Academy

Bioethics Resources on the Web
From the National Institutes of Health

Ethics Updates 
Intended for use by ethics instructors and their students. Maintained by the Values Institute at the University of San Diego

Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare

Georgia POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

National POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment)

Monthly Events

November 2016 Events

Prescribing Price

The Ethics, Science, and Business of Drug Development and Pricing

November 2, 2016


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April 2016 Events

Challenges in Pain Management and the Growing Epidemic of Opioid Addiction

Event: Emory University Center for Ethics Monthly Clinical Ethics Seminar

Speaker: Carl C. Hug MD, PhD

Date: April 28, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Emory University Center for Ethics, Room 162

Flyer: Clinical Ethics Seminar--4-28-16 - Hug.pdf

March 2016 Events

Narrating Illness: Jewish Perspectives on Being Sick

Event: Emory University Center for Ethics Monthly Clinical Ethics Seminar

Speaker: Jonathan K. Crane, Ph.D.

Date: March 24, 2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Emory University Center for Ethics, Room 162

Flyer: Clinical Ethics Seminar--3-24-16 - Crane.pdf

Event: "It's All in the Stories: The Moral Work of Narrative"

Speaker: Martha Montello, Ph.D.

Location: Emory Center for Ethics Commons 102

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

Time: 6:30pm


Flyer: Martha Montello Evening Seminar.pdf

January 2016 Events

Event: HEC Ethics Roundtable discussion on Potentially Medically Inappropriate Treatment

Location: Emory Center for Ethics Room 150

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time: 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Registration: Must Register. Free Registration for HEC Members.

This discussion will continue the longstanding HEC conversation and national debate about what constitutes medically “futile” or “inappropriate” treatment.

Our primary goal will be to hear from all participants:

1. What is the current practice at your organization in dealing with patient care when the question of whether to continue treatment is raised?

2. Do you have any current policies or guidelines addressing this issue?

3. Is there interest in a joint project to address this issue across institutions?

Member organizations of HEC are invited to participate.

We will host those who can join us on campus AND have a conference line call in OR a Skype/Zoom videoconferencing option for those who cannot be on site. Please indicate, in your registration, whether you will be joining us in person or virtually.

** If you would like to include more than one representative from your institution, we would appreciate your helping us identify who your 2 to 3 representatives should be.

There is no charge for HEC member institutions to participate in this Roundtable.

December 2015 Events

Physician Denial and Child Sexual Abuse

Event: Emory University Center for Ethics Monthly Clinical Ethics Seminar

Date: December 17, 2015

Time: 5:00-6:00PM

Location: Emory University Center for Ethics, Room 162

Flyer: Clinical Ethics Seminar--12-17-2015 - Evans.pdf

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September 2015 Events

Advanced Ethics Consultation Workshop

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015        

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Emory University Center for Ethics,RARB Room 252

Registration Deadline is September 14, 2015 (register here)

This interactive workshop will address many facets of clinical ethics case consultation, discuss the current status of the national move toward certification for ethics consultants, and provide practice opportunities with case consultations involving standardized patients. In addition, several ethics consultants will share their experiences in providing consultation. 

Through involvement in cases, participants will further their ability to identify ethical issues; describe skills and areas of knowledge important to the consult process; analyze cases using different models for ethics case consultation; describe how the narrative influences the course of consultation; determine practices that lead to shared goals in decision making; utilize ethical concepts in a mock ethics consultation.

This is a full, intensive day with many opportunities to put ethics consultation skills into practice.

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April 2015 Events

Conflict Resolution in Healthcare Ethics Part III & IV

Date: Thursday, April 30/ Friday, May 1,2015

Location: Emory University Center For Ethics- Rita Anne Rollins building, Atlanta, GA 30322 Room TBA

Conflict Resolution and Mediation techniques provide core skills for those working to resolve ethical issues in healthcare.

Our lead faculty for the day will be Tim Hedeen, Ph.D., professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State university.  Tim will draw on his own two decades of conflict resolution practice and training.  He serves on the Commission on Dispute Resolution of the Georgia Supreme court and is past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Community Mediation.

IF you are not registering on-line, registration form for mail-in registration is attached here:Registration


 ***The Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR) has approved our plan to make this workshop one in a series of workshops that will cover the training required to meet GODR requirements to qualify as a registered mediator in Georgia***

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