Program Activities & Opportunities

The Bioethics program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers everyone in the ISMMS community unique opportunities to participate in a variety of conferences and seminars to enrich their learning experience with fellow students and faculty members.

An annual series of day-long conferences, which attract a broad audience of 150-200 participants, including physicians, medical students, nurses and other health care providers, scientists, lawyers, academics, and graduate students. Speakers come from medicine, philosophy, government, and law. Each year's conference focuses on a single timely issue. Past topics have included medical professionalism, organ transplantation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Transgender medical care. The proceedings of many of these conferences have appeared in special issues of The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. These conferences are supported by a grant from The John Conley Foundations.

In 2019, the twenty-eighth conference in this series focused on The Learning Healthcare System:  Ethical Issues.

The conference proceedings are available on the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai YouTube channel:

Welcome and Builidng a Learning Healthcare System at Mount Sinai Panel

A Learning Healthcare System in Action Panel and Implementing Leraning Models in Hospital Operations Panel

Challenges for a Learning Healthcare System Panel

Consent for Resarch in a Learning Healthcare System Panel

Ethics, the Learning Healthcare Systems, and the Research Imperative in Medicine Panel and Ethical Issues for a Learning Healthcare System Full Panel



"Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education” is an annual conference dedicated to providing medical students a forum to present their reflections on the ethical dimensions of medical training to their peers. It is the only conference of its kind. The conference solicits abstract from medical students at accredited U.S. medical colleges, and it offers mentorship to help invited students develop their presentations. Past participants in the conference have gone on to present their work at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Annual Conference and publish articles in Bioethics, The Hastings Center Report, and Journal of Medical Ethics.

The fifth annual conference will be a two-day virtual event held December 4-5, 2020. The keynote speaker is Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, Professor of Law at Saint Louis Univeristy School of Law and Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity.

The conference is organized by the Bioethics Program and Medical Ethics Student Organization of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with support from the Atran Foundation.

For submission guidelines, visit the conference events page.