WELCOME to the ACLP Bioethics SIG! Our mission is to bring together like-minded consultation-liaison psychiatrists who seek to address ethical challenges and dilemmas in the care of patients, and to promote the teaching of bioethics. The SIG provides:
A discussion forum for case dialog and bioethics-related news
The opportunity for collaboration in the development and presentation of symposia and journal articles
Face-to-face SIG meetings and occasions for networking at ACLP annual meetings
Interest in bioethical issues and the Bioethics SIG has increased markedly over recent years. We continue to welcome new members, and attendance at SIG-sponsored symposia has increased over the years—at the 2013 Annual Meeting, we set a record with 116 attendees at our decisional capacity symposium. In 2012, the Academy sponsored a bioethics-focused visiting professorship at UCLA-Olive View (California).
The SIG’s Bibliography Task Force has compiled an annotated list of ethics-related articles, books, and Internet resources available since 1999 that it selected as being especially important to students and faculty of CLP training programs. These resources supplement ACLP’s first ethics training bibliography published in Psychosomatics in 1999. This new supplement will be updated regularly as a living, online document published on the ACLP website. See the bibliography here.
The primary means of communication among members of the Bioethics SIG is via listserv. Only members of the SIG may post and receive group messages, as well as view the archived postings. To join our SIG, please see How to Join a SIG.
We encourage all of our SIG members to also become a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The Academy is an organization that serves as an inspiration, a chance for networking, and a place to learn. Membership has many other advantages including a subscription to the Academy’s journal, Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (previously known as Psychosomatics). For information about ACLP membership, please see Join ACLP.
Quarterly Annotations on Journal Articles
Dr. Mary Ann Cohen is working with the ACLP Research & Evidence-Based Practice Committee to contribute to the quarterly selection of notable journal articles for the Bioethics category of the Quarterly Annotations on Journal Articles of Interest section of the ACLP website.
“Living” Ethics Training Bibliography
The SIG’s Bibliography Task Force will continue to seek and select recently published journal articles to post to the new online supplement to ACLP’s ethics-training bibliography, first published in 1999 in Psychosomatics. Being online, the supplement can be kept current. Contributions are welcome—please send your suggestions and details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIG member Xavier Jimenez has accepted the appointment as editor of the new ACLP Bioethics SIG web page (this page). In addition to the listserv, we will be using this page for updates, communications, and educational materials.
In 2008, a reorganization of ACLP’s committee structure led to the establishment of the Bioethics SIG. The SIG was originally the Bioethics Subcommittee, chaired by Dr. Maurice Steinberg until 2002 and by Dr. Mary Ann Cohen until 2008. Dr. Cohen continued as chair when the subcommittee became the Bioethics Special Interest Group.
In 2012, Dr. Rebecca Brendell joined Dr. Cohen as co-chair of the Bioethics SIG. In 2014, the SIG welcomed three additional co-chairs, rotating early career psychiatrists/trainees: Xavier Jimenez, MD; Maria Theresa (“Trixie”) Mariano, MD; and David Sheski, MD (their terms expired in 2017). The following year, in 2015, fellowship trainee Monika Chaudhry, MD, joined as rotating co-chair until 2018.
The SIG has had, and continues to have, many of the most influential pioneers and prolific contributors to the field of bioethics, including Drs. Ned Cassem, Linda Ganzini, Cynthia Geppert, Donald Kornfeld, Cavin Leeman, Laura Roberts, Donald Rosenberg, Theresa Rummans, Maurice Steinberg, Ted Stern, Stuart Younger, Tom Wise, and others.