Medical Ethics Conference

The 29th Annual Medical Ethics Conference will take place at the Conference Center at the University of Notre Dame from March 21-23, 2014.

Established by Notre Dame alumnus Dr. Philip Clarke, the Notre Dame Medical Ethics Conference enables discussion between practicing physicians and specialists in medical ethics about issues confronting the medical community. The conferences bring together practicing physicians and workers in the field of health care from around the country to work with and learn from experts in medical ethics from the Notre Dame community and beyond. Physicians, theologians, and philosophers meet in small groups to discuss and analyze case studies submitted by conference participants that pose as ethical dilemmas in various areas of clinical practice.

We are happy to welcome John Haldane to deliver this year's Clarke Lecture, entitled "Profession, Vocation, and Healthcare Ethics." John Haldane is a professor of philosophy and director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews. He is the 2013-2014 Mary Ann Remick Senior Research Fellow at Center for Ethics and Culture.

The Conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. with an opening luncheon. At 4 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium, a distinguished speaker will deliver the 29th Annual Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics. View the full conference schedule below.

29th Annual Conference, March 21-23, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014
12:30pm - 1:30pm Opening Luncheon
1:45pm - 3:30pm Case presentations and discussions
4:00pm - 5:30pm Clarke Family Lecture in Medical Ethics
5:30pm - 6:30pm Reception
6:30pm Dinner (optional)

Saturday, March 22, 2014
8:30am - 12:30pm Case presentations and discussions
12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon
1:30pm - 5:15pm Case presentations and discussions
5:30pm - 6:00pm Mass in Alumni Hall Chapel
6:30pm Dinner (optional)

Sunday, March 23, 2014
8:30am - 11:00am General forum and summary discussion

Continuing Medical Education Credits
For information on CME credits, please contact Stephen Freddoso at

Topics to be discussed this year include:   
  •     Moral Dilemmas in Clinical Practice
  •     Scarcity and Extreme Measures
  •     The Effects of the Affordable Care Act
  •     Curing Disabilities
  •     Legal Environment for Catholic Medical Organizations
  •     The Future of Bioethics

Past Conference Materials
The generous support of Dr. Mark Lindenmeyer has made possible the compilation of the past seventeen years' worth of conference materials into electronic format. Past participants of the conferences are invited to click
here to access the electronically archived materials. If you would like to be able to access these archives but do not know the password, please email us at