Debating an Accreditation Council

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Should those who purport to train individual clinical ethics consultants using the ASBH educational core competencies as a guide establish an Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE)?

Welcome to the conversation and …

… to the Web site created to further debate openly the notion that those who purport to train individual clinical ethics consultants using the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) educational core competencies as a guide should establish an Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE).

Information about the ASBH educational core competencies may be found at: http://www.asbh.org/uploads/files/pubs/CCUpdateNov09.pdf. A companion monograph to the ASBH Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation is the ASBH’s Improving Competencies in Clinical Ethics Consultation: An Education Guide. Information about the Guide may be found at: http://www.asbh.org/publications/content/edguide.html.

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  1. Plans for the October 22 meeting in San Diego are being finalized. A tentative agenda and handout materials (with revisions to the documents available on the blog pages) are available at: http://www.amc.edu/Academic/bioethics/documents/Oct_22_Meeting_Agenda_and_Handout.pdf.

    Bruce D. White

    Alden March Bioethics Institute
    Albany Medical College

    August 12, 2010

  2. Colleagues have questioned the number of founding board members of the ACGBE as suggested in the draft initial directives to the officers of the pACGBE. (Find this referenced document at https://acgbe.wordpress.com/draft-directives-to-the-officers-of-the-provisional-accreditation-council-on-graduate-bioethics-education-pacgme/.) Some believe the number suggested at eleven (11) for the founding board to be less desirable than a smaller number. Permit me to record their ideas:

    1. They say that since everyone possibly involved is a member of the ASBH already that any nominated by the ASBH board of directors may not be as critical.
    2. Similarly, they say that since the managing day-to-day, graduate clinical ethics training program directors (by whatever title held) typically serve at the pleasure of senior administrative (or institutionally-appointed academic) bioethics center and institute program directors (again, by whatever title held) that any nominated by the ABPD board of directors may not be as critical.
    3. Likewise, some wonder whether or not it is necessary to invite “public members” (“persons who have no familial, financial, or professional relationship with any post-baccalaureate that purports to train individual clinical ethics consultation professionals”) to serve on the ACGBE board of directors.

    These are thoughtful reflections and merit further discussion. Whatever the number may be – I would think all would agree – it should be representative and workably efficient. Also, I would think that all would agree it should be an odd number.

    If the ASBH or ABPD are to nominate any potential board of directors via a slate of candidates for consideration, perhaps the pACGBE and it’s successor ACGBE board members might elect one (1) rather that two (2) from the suggested slate of three (3) candidates they might nominate? This change would allow for nine (9) founding ACGBE board members rather than the eleven (11) suggested?

    Moreover, with regard to the possibility of public members on the ACGBE board, the pACGBE may decide to forgo having public members on the board by eliminating this category all together, thereby reducing the total founding board members number by another two (2) individuals.

    Should attendees decide to establish a pACGBE, they of course will be at liberty to consider these and other ideas as they deliberate and conceptualize frameworks, and proceed with electing officers and crafting directives to further organize the accreditation council.

    Bruce D. White

    Alden March Bioethics Institute
    Albany Medical College

    September 26, 2010

  3. Over the past couple of weeks, several colleagues have suggested that the name Accreditation Council on Graduate Bioethics Education (ACGBE) implies a much broader intent than the more limited one stated in the published materials. Specifically they say, others may see a general intent to accredit bioethics programs in addition to those that purport to train clinical ethics consultation professionals. These same colleagues have recommended that the organization name used or selected represent more narrowly – and precisely – the expressed intent.

    In this regard, two names have been suggested or recommended for attendee consideration in stead of ACGBE: (1) Council for the Accreditation for Graduate Clinical Ethics Education (CAGCEE) (suggested pronunciation cag-cee); or (2) Graduate Clinical Ethics Accreditation Council (GCEAC) (suggested pronunciation g-cee-ak). These suggestions appear sound and reasonable given the limited nature of the undertaking.

    May I suggest that when attendees gather to consider the creation of an accreditation council for those programs that purport to train clinical ethics consultation professionals that – if they elect to establish such a council – they then consider the organization name as the next agenda item?

    For those who review the online materials, give thought to the name and please consider pACGBE and ACGBE for discussion purposes only as placeholders or temporary name substitutes that will be subsequently replaced by the organization name to be selected by the attendees.

    Bruce D. White

    Alden March Bioethics Institute
    Albany Medical College

    September 4, 2010

  4. Today, at the suggestion of a colleague, I revised the draft compact agreement to create a provisional accreditation council on graduate bioethics education (pACGBE) to clarify and confirm that any compact or agreement that may result will be between individuals and not organizations. Attendees may be invited because of their positions within educational entities but are not present at the meeting or acting as agents of their respective employers or affiliated organizations.

    Bruce D. White

    Alden March Bioethics Institute
    Albany Medical College

    August 24, 2010

  5. Today, I made several changes to the draft documents that others suggested: correcting spelling and grammatical errors, adding sentences or phrases to clarify ideas and concepts.

    Bruce D. White

    Alden March Bioethics Institute
    Albany Medical College

    August 12, 2010