Highlights: The Third Annual ABN Conference

The Third Annual Conference of the Arizona Bioethics Network (ABN) took place on April 12, 2013 at the Fiesta Resort Conference Center in Tempe, AZ. Approximately 100 members of the ABN were in attendance. The theme of the conference was effective communication and ethics.

Attendees heard presentations about culture and spirituality in medicine and about the complexities of establishing a hospital-based futility policy, and participated in discussions about ethical difficulties in real-life and fictionalized ethics cases. Members actively practiced communication skills through improv skits-skills that they can use to help facilitate effective communication.

We thank Greg Loeben and Jill Logan, co-chairs of the 3rd Annual Conference, for their leadership, and the superb presenters and attendees for making this event terrific for all involved. We are especially grateful to Hospice of the Valley, and particularly Marsha Kabat, for their efforts to provide continuing education credits for physicians and nurses.