8th Annual Ethical Student Conference (ESC)

Venue: Aarhus University

Location: Aarhus, Denmark

Event Date/Time: Jul 25, 2004 End Date/Time: Jul 31, 2004
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The aim of The 8th Annual International Ethical Student Conference is to create international awareness of medical ethics among future doctors. It is held at "Sansestormerne" in Aarhus, Denmark. The conference is open to Ph.D.- and medical students of all nationalities. The participant’s fee is DKK 2100 (€ 278) and this covers lectures, accommodation, all meals, and social programme. The deadline for application and payment is the 1st of June 2004.

The conference is organized by volunteers consisting mainly of medical students from the University of Aarhus. Committee of Ethical Student Conference (CESC) works independently, but is a committee under IMCC (International Medical Cooperation Committee or IFMSA-Denmark) which again is a member of IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations).

CESC has hosted this conference since 1997. The need for such a conference arises from the great progress which occurs in research and technical abilities that continually opens new possibilities for treatment of patients - possibilities we have to form our opinion on, as future doctors. We are also in a time of rationalization and economic limitations, and basic principles of good and humane treatment can be in danger of being cut back. Furthermore, there is an ongoing need for future doctors to discuss, and if possible define, the ethical aspects of the role of a doctor. We feel it is important that these discussions and considerations are done with an international perspective.

Past experience has proved that the conference attains the goal of creating an international forum for discussion of medical ethics and thereby contributes to the debate among medical students throughout the world. The conference enables participants to add new perspectives to and participate actively in the existing public ethical debate. The conference facilitates the meeting of young people across cultural borders and hereby promotes friendships, exchange of ideas, attitudes and impressions.