Medical Student Ethics Conference

Eighth Annual Medical School Ethics Conference

April 11-12, 2024

Finding Your Voice

The Annual Medical Student Ethics Conference (AMSEC) is a two-day national conference to address ethical issues that arise in medical education. The conference will be held virtually April 11-April 12, 2024. The keynote speaker will be Danielle Ofri, MD, clinical professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine.

Call for Abstracts

The conference solicits abstracts from students from any accredited medical school in the United States. Over the past eight years, AMSEC has become a national venue for students to discuss ethical issues in medicine. We instituted a mentorship system, which pairs the authors of accepted abstracts with faculty mentors to help them develop their conference presentation. These collaborations have resulted in a number of student-led publications in bioethics journals such as The Hastings Center Report, Bioethics, and Journal of Medical Ethics.

The organizing committee invites abstracts for oral presentations on the ethical issues that arise in medical education because of one’s role as a medical student. The theme for AMSEC 2024 is "Finding Your Voice." We invite submissions related to the conference theme and on any other topic tackling ethical issues in medical education. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: justice and equity in medicine, disparity in allocation of educational resources in medical school; learning on/with patients; humor in medicine; moral distress; hierarchy in medicine.


To submit an abstract the author must be enrolled in an accredited medical college. Abstracts co-authored with faculty or residents will not be considered.

Submission Deadline

To receive full consideration, all abstracts must be received by Jan. 15, 2024.

Submission Requirements

All submissions should include two Word documents: a 350-word abstract with title and no identifying information and a cover page with the following information:

1) abstract title;
2) author name;
3) author affiliation; and
4) email address.

Email your submissions to [email protected].

Best Abstract Award & Best Poster Award

The organizing committee will award the best abstract and best poster with a monetary prize.

Abstract Writing Support

If you would like to submit an abstract but you are not sure how to write an abstract for a topic in ethics, here is helpful information.

Sample Abstracts

The abstracts below were taken from prominent journals in bioethics. In writing your own abstract, you may use these as models. They each represent a different style of paper. The first paper focuses on developing an ethical argument, the second paper weaves together ethics and law, the third one is a case discussion, and the fourth is an ethics themed research paper.

Miller FG, Truog RD, Brock DW. Moral fictions and medical ethics. Bioethics. 2010 Nov;24(9):453-60.

Manninen BA. Rethinking Roe v. Wade: defending the abortion right in the face of contemporary opposition. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Dec;10(12):33-46.

Erbay H, Alan S, Kadıoğlu S. A case study from the perspective of medical ethics: refusal of treatment in an ambulance. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2010 Nov;36(11):652-5.

Jones NL, Peiffer AM, Lambros A, et al. Problem-based learning for professionalism and scientific integrity training of biomedical graduate students: process evaluation. Journal of Medical Ethics 2010; 36:620-626.

Abstracts of Past AMSEC Presenters

Ellis, RD. The role of values in scientific theory selection and why it matters to medical education. Bioethics. 2019; 33: 984– 991.

Byju AS, Mayo K, Medical error in the care of the unrepresented: disclosure and apology for a vulnerable patient population Journal of Medical Ethics 2019;45:821-823.

Salwi S, Erath A, Patel PD, et al. Aligning patient and physician views on educational pelvic examinations under anaesthesia: the medical student perspective. Journal of Medical Ethics 2021;47:430-433.