Current and Upcoming


Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)

Please note that the day has changed to the second Thursday of the month. The time remains noon through to 1pm.

As always, everyone is welcome. Please let Tamatha know, if you'd like to be added to the Bioethics WIPS mailing list.

Sept 14 -- Journal Club
Oct 12 -- cancelled 
Nov 16 -- Journal Club
Jan 11 -- Journal Club

Feb 8 -- Mark Downing
     New ethical competencies for the post pandemic physician    
    * Review the new concepts being considered for addition to CanMEDS 2025
    * Review empirical data from interviews with tutors from the Professional Competencies unit
    * Reflect on the historical arc of professional identity formation in medicine and what ethical competencies Dalhousie UGME should focus on going forward

Feb 15 at 1pm -- student presentation
     Abbey MacLellan -- "
Analysis of bioethical themes in the medical learner experience"

Mar 14 --
Apr 11 -- Lynette Penney
May 9 --
Jun 13 --




Congratulations, Abraham Rudnick, MD, Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychiatric Association has awarded Abraham (Rami) Rudnick the designation of Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. This distinction awards outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to their speciality.

Congratulations, Rami! This is a well-deserved honour.



Welcome New Department Head, Timothy Holland, MD

The department is delighted to welcome Timothy Holland, MD, as our new Department Head. He started his term on 1 September, 2022. Dr. Holland is the co-founder of the Transitional Health Clinic for Refugees, Nova Scotia and has an active practice in Family Medicine. He has also recently completed his Masters degree.



Thanks to former Department Head, Christy Simpson, PhD

Dr. Simpson's two terms (plus a bit) as Department Head have seen many changes. The department has worked together as a team with her, expanding the collaborative roles with the health authorities, other departments, ethics groups, and people further afield. She has published a book with Dr. Fiona McDonald, one of the department's adjunct professors. She has balanced the loads of teaching, ethics consultations, and administration with grace and finesse. We are delighted that she's staying on as professor and consultant.


Useful Information


Patient Information posted at the Nova Scotia Health Website

We're also posting it here, to make it easier to find. They will open in separate windows.


Bioethics events elsewhere



Call for Applications: "Wars, Diseases & Bioethics" Spring School Online, March 25-30 2024

Bioethics Education International (BEI) invites participants (students and professionals) across the globe to attend the spring school to be held from March 25 to 30, 2024. The spring school includes lectures and seminars, film screenings, and special guest speakers. The faculty will include experts and scholars with international reputations who will lecture and conduct seminars on current and futuristic topics related to bioethics, global health, medicine, and biosciences. All participants will have the opportunity to engage in an intercultural dialogue over a topic of interest of their choice, in breakout rooms, on the final day of the online school. Selected leaders will present the conclusions of each group to the final open forum. Read more here!

Much affection and best wishes from NY!

PS One of our keynote speakers is Canadian too. 😄Keynote Speakers 2024 – Bioethics Education




Recent Events, here and elsewhere


Inaugural Dr. Fred Barton Visiting Scholar and Lecture in Ethics in Medicine

Presenting: Harriet A. Washington

Public lecture at 7:00-9:00pm: "How can Patients Best Manage Medical Uncertainty?"
Date: 12 October 2023
Location: Kenneth Rowe Building, Room 1020, 6100 University Avenue
See the poster here.

There will be books available for sale after the lecture. $20 each, cash only.

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Lecture at 1:45-3:00pm: "The Erosion of Consent:Implications for Health Providers"
Panel discussion at 3:15pm
Date: 13 October 2023
Location: Halifax Convention Centre, Rooms 612-613
For more information, read the brochure here.





Online Bioethics Summer School

Bioethics Education International (BEI) is organizing an International Summer School Online titled, "Wars, Pandemics and Bioethics, July 24-29,2023. Please note that this year's summer school will be conducted online.



Bioethics Works-in-Progress Sessions (WIPS) / Journal Club -- 2022-2023

12 September - Journal Club
17 October - cancelled
14 November - Journal Club

9 January - Tim Holland
13 February - Journal Club
13 March - Francis Bakewell
17 April - Kirstin Borgerson
8 May - Tim Christie
12 June - Marika Warren and Clarisse Paron

Time: noon - 1pm

Everyone is welcome!

Please contact Tamatha if you'd like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates, and the videoconference information. Thanks.




Health Law Institute (HLI) Seminar Series

2022-2023 Academic Year

This year we are happy to announce that the series will be in a “hybrid format”, meaning both in person and online, except for the two seminars that are marked in the listing as ‘ONLINE ONLY’.

Kicking off the series on September 23rd is “Social and Structural Determinants: Where Health Really Comes From” with Gaynor Watson-Creed, Dalhousie University.

Full series details are available at

Zoom Webinar link:

PLEASE NOTE: Those attending seminar series lectures in person must comply with Dalhousie COVID-19 policies that are in place, including masking in lecture halls.

All are Welcome!




Bioethics Works in Progress Session (WIPS) -- 2021-2022 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon. Location (in-person or videoconference) is still in flux. This schedule will be updated accordingly.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to receive reminders about Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply drop an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 13, 2021 -- Journal Club
October 18 (11th is Thanksgiving) -- Journal Club
November 8, 2021 --  -- -- --

January 10, 2022 -- Journal Club
February 14, 2022 -- Marika Warren
March 14, 2022 -- Journal Club
April 11, 2022 -- CANCELLED
May 9, 2022 -- Journal Club
June 13, 2022 -- (department meeting)
July 11, 2022 -- Tim Holland




BEI (Bioethics Education International) Online Summer School Program

Online Summer School Program
| July 18-23, 2022

Join us for this unique educational opportunity!

Bioethics Education International (BEI) invites worldwide students and professionals to attend the 2022 Bioethics Summer School Online "Bioethics, Wars and Pandemics," which will take place July 18-23, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the conflicts around the world including the most recent one in Ukraine, have highlighted the importance and relevance of bioethics education in addressing some urgent issues including:

    a) wartime bioethics, military necessity & International Humanitarian Law
    b) resource allocation
    c) appropriate policy and legislation regarding public health
    d) ethical guidelines for clinical and research decision-making
    e) disparities in health and systemic racism

The program includes guest speakers, lectures and seminars, film screenings, and webinars. The program's faculty is composed of notable scholars from around the world.

This educational program provides participants to familiarize themselves with bioethical issues relevant to military conflicts and pandemics, to gain debating skills, interact with colleagues with a diverse array of cultural and educational backgrounds, and to network with experts in the field.

Bioethics Education International (BEI) offers select partial scholarships to qualifying participants from low-income countries. Graduation certificates will be awarded after completion of the program.

The deadline for partial scholarship applications is June 1, 2022.

Ana Lita, PhD School Director at,
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Bioethics Education International (BEI)
Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI)
777 UN Plaza, Suite 3D
New York, NY 10017

Please watch a promo video clip here!



Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2020-2021 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon via MS Teams videoconference, and the link is sent out be email. If you're not on our mailing list and wold like to attend, send Tamatha an email and she'll send you the link.

Everybody is welcome.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 14, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
October 19, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club
November 9, 2020 - Presenter: Journal Club

January 11, 2021 - Presenter: Tim Holland
February 8, 2021 - Presenter: Ben Capps
March 8, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
April 12, 2021 - Presenter: Journal Club
May 10, 2021 - Presenter: cancelled
June 14, 2021 - Presenter: --
July 12, 2021 - Presenters: Lisbeth Witthoefft Nielsen and Jeff Kirby

Thanks to Jeff Kirby, who has facilitated the Journal Club sessions for the past several years. And welcome to Lisbeth Witthofft Nielsen who has agreed to take over that task.

Welcoming Lori Lawson

We're happy to welcome Lori Lawson to Dalhousie University and the Department of Bioethics as our Administrator, while Cheryl's with CIHR. Lori comes to us from a law firm in Toronto. She is also the new Administrator for the Department of Pharmacology.

Welcome aboard, Lori! We're happy to have you with us.




Welcoming Amanda Porter, PhD - Our newest faculty member

On behalf of the Department of Bioethics, we are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Amanda Porter as Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist. Amanda joins our Ethics Collaborations Team in providing ethics support for the IWK Health Centre, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network; and also will be involved in teaching a variety of learners in medicine and other health professions. She has a PhD in philosophy and worked as an Ethicist with Alberta Health Services for 4 years. Most recently, Amanda worked with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Policy Analyst. Learn more about Amanda here.



Congratulations to Tim Holland, the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia

Congratulations and best wishes to our very own Tim Holland in his new role as President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Tim has a refugee practice in Halifax, a family practice in Indian Brook, and is an emergency doctor in Colchester. Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and cross-appointed to Bioethics, you can read more about him on his faculty profile page.

He has taken "the helm of the physicians group as Nova Scotia deals with a number of health-care issues, from a doctor shortage to low morale among doctors." (from Jennifer Ludlow's CBC article, linked below)

Read Jennifer Ludlow's CBC piece about his focus on tackling the physician shortage in Nova Scotia. [opens in a new window]