Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference was established in 1989 through an endowment from the late John Kinsman. The conference convenes leaders in ethics from across the state and is hosted by a different city in Oregon each year.  The conference is a collaborative partnership, designed to draw on and nurture the strengths of each community it serves. Breakout sessions promote shared learning among medical facilities throughout the region and offer powerful new tools for improvements in health care ethics. Many times, the conference is also a special time for attendees to build collaborative relationships and an opportunity to mentor and support future leaders in the field.

The remainder of this page is dedicated to sharing information for the 2019 Kinsman Bioethics Conference.

Conference Snapshot

Title: Raising Voices: The Ethics of Dialogue and Communication in Health Care
Keynote speaker: Autumn Fiester, Ph.D.
Dr. Autumn Fiester is Associate Chair for Education and Training in the Division of Medical Ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Penn Program in Clinical Conflict Management, which promotes conflict resolution training for formal clinical ethics consultations and ethics conflicts at the bedside. Dr. Fiester is a consultant for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Service, and she conducts workshops in conflict management around the country.
Date(s): Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 12, 2019
Time(s): 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. each day
Location:  The Hotel Eugene; 66 East Sixth Street, Eugene, OR 97401


Conference registration is required and the registration fee is $220.00. 
Partial conference pricing/attendance is not available. We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Register for the 2019 Kinsman Conference. 


(1) Acceptable forms of payment prior to the conference:

  • Credit card payment through PayPal
  • Personal check payment mailed to the Center for Ethics in Health Care
  • Checks through work support/sponsorship

Please make check payable to 'OHSU Foundation'. 
Mail to:

    Center for Ethics in Health Care
    Attn: Molly Willis
    3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
    Mail Code: UHN-86
    Portland, OR 97239

(2) Acceptable forms of payment on the day of the conference :

  • Cash
  • Personal check


(1) Hotel Eugene  - (location of the conference)
66 East Sixth Street
Eugene, OR 97401-2667
Click here to visit the Hotel Eugene website

A limited block of discounted rooms is available for attendees for $149.00 per evening. 
To make reservations:
Call (413) 821-3144 and referring to booking code OHSU

Via the booking link:  OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care-Attendee Block

(2) There are several hotels in the Eugene area. Attendees are welcome to stay at other lodgings.       

Free parking at the Hilton Eugene is available for conference attendees, however, we encourage attendees to explore additional transportation options (carpool, public transit, Uber, taxi, etc.). 

Conference Materials

2019 Kinsman Bioethics Conference Announcement Flyer
2019 Kinsman Bioethics Education Materials (includes conference agenda and session details)

PLEASE NOTE: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is going paperless and will not provide a printed syllabus to attendees.
Presentation materials will be shared through Box©
Small conference notebooks will be provided to attendees at registration.

Continuing Education Credits

The conference is approved for the below credits:

Credit statement:
Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians
OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The conference is approved for 14.08 contact hours. 
Approval valid through 4/12/2021
OCEAN ID #2019-16

Pharmacy: This conference is approved for 13.75 continuing education (CE) license renewal requirements. The Oregon Board of Pharmacy recognizes CME designated as AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to count towards pharmacist and certified pharmacy technician continuing education (CE) license renewal requirements. *Retain the conference certificate for proof of attendance.

Nursing Home Administrators: This conference is approved for 14.0 general hours, Agency approval number: 2019-01.

Social Work: This course is approved for 14.50 continuing education credits. Social workers have the option to choose between the (a) Clinical Track or (b) Ethics Track depending on the breakout sessions (A, B, C, D, and E) individually chosen. Personalized certificates will be awarded to social work attendees at the end of the conference based on the breakout sessions chosen upon registration.  

Click here to view the conference agenda indicating clinical or ethics continuing education (social work only).

KINSMAN CONFERENCE DAY 1 (Social Work CE Breakdown)
CLINICAL TRACK 2.50 Clinical Credits and 4.75 Ethics Credits
ETHICS TRACK 7.25 Ethics Credits
TOTAL 7.25 social work continuing education credits
CLINICAL TRACK 6.00 Clinical Credits and 1.25 Ethics Credits
ETHICS TRACK 5.25 Ethics Credits and 2.00 Clinical Credits
TOTAL 7.25 social work continuing education credits