The Ashford Institute Applied Bioethics Summer Conference


For Faculty Members, Interns and Students including: 

Medical Students and Interns, Nursing and Physician's Assistant Students, 

 Graduate Students and Interns in Social Work, Counseling or Psychology.

Non-academic participants may register through our NON-ACADEMIC REGISTRATION PAGE.


If you  will be an incoming student in the above fields  by Fall of  2019, you are eligible to attend. Non-academic professionals may inquire about attending through our Contact Page.


     Where: The Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC

     When:  Hotel check-in is June 7th.  Sessions for the full conference are June 8-13, 2019

This conference examines important multi-disciplinary issues in which medicine, social work, psychology, and pastoral ministry each have important contributions to make, and which include ethical dimensions. In order to make ethical decisions about specific issues in health care, it is essential to first have an understanding of these issues,  including current research and the lived experience of patients and clinicians, as well as an understanding of ethical principles. This conference will focus on practical solutions to multidisciplinary clinical issues including:   

  • Informed Consent.

  • Ethics in Health Care Research.

  • Intimate Partner Violence.

  • Human Trafficking.

  • Substance abuse during pregnancy.

  • Resources for social, emotional, spiritual and economic challenges in pregnancy.

  • Reproductive losses (miscarriage, abortion, etc.) and the recovery process.

  • Ethical issues in fertility treatments including egg donations.

  • Perinatal Hospice for Parents of Children with Life-Limiting Diagnoses.

  • Ethical issues in assessing and addressing spiritual needs of patients.

  • Provision of health care in resource rich vs. resource poor nations.

  • Hippocratic Medicine.


Course Coordinator:

Dr. Martha Shuping, M.D., M.A., President of Ashford Institute, is a practicing psychiatrist with more than 30 years experience. A graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program, she has an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and received specialized training through George Washington University Institute of Spirituality and Health. Dr. Shuping has provided educational programs in 22 countries and the United Nations, on topics including: intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and emotional recovery after reproductive loss. Joining with Dr. Shuping are more than a dozen experts who speak from clinical and personal experience. Click on the links below to learn more: 



Pre-registration is required.  Our fees are set low – beneath the actual cost of the programs –to make participation affordable for students, however, if you require further assistance because of financial hardship, please let us know.  Those who attend with a friend will have the cost of their room covered by the Ashford Institute when they choose "REGISTRATION WITH LODGING"  and check-in to our block of double rooms at the Hawthorne Inn and Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC.  Those who need assistance in finding a roommate can also use this option.  "REGISTRATION WITHOUT LODGING" is available for those who wish to pay for their own private room or who live locally and do not require hotel accommodations. If you have any difficulties with our registration system,  please let us know through our Contact Page and someone will assist you personally.  We look forward to hearing from you.