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Fourth International Conference on End of Life
"Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice"

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations

Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED! There is still time to submit your abstract for 4th International Conference on End of Life to be held at the University of Utah in March 2024. The deadline has been extended to October 1st, 2023.  Begin your submission online today!

ICEL4 seeks oral and poster presentation abstracts for the 2024 international conference. This event will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, from Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday March 9, 2024. Individuals are able to submit up to 4 abstracts (maximum), with up to 2 (maximum) being accepted for oral presentation. 

We seek presentations that align with these ten topic categories:

  1. Medical assistance in dying (both patient-administered and clinician-administered) – legal, ethical, clinical issues with VAD, MAID, euthanasia.

  2. Next generation MAID issues (e.g., medical assistance in dying in prisons, organ donation and medical assistance in dying)

  3. Withholding and withdrawing potentially life-sustaining treatment​​​​​​​

    • Medical futility / nonbeneficial treatment

    • Surrogate decision making

  4. Voluntary stopping eating and drinking (VSED) – legal, ethical, clinical issues.

  5. Palliative sedation – legal, ethical, clinical issues.

  6. Advance directives, advance care planning, and POLST

  7. Completed Life / Tired of Life

  8. Palliative Care, Hospice, Psychedelics

  9. Triage, Rationing, Allocation of potentially life-sustaining treatment

  10. Other end of life law, ethics, policy, and practice issues​​​​​​​

​​​Presentation Abstract Guidelines

    ​​​​​​Individuals are allowed to submit up to 4 abstracts. Please be prepared to include all items below with each submission.  This will help speed up the process of decision making.

    1. Contact Information for each speaker:

    - First Name
    - Last Name

    - Affiliation
    - Mailing address:
    - City, State, Postal Code, Country
    - Email Address

    2. Brief Bio (Max 100 words)

    3. Title of Presentation (Max 15 words)):

    4. Type of Presentation (please choose one)

    [  ] Individual
    [  ] Group
    [  ] Panel

    5. Presentation Format (please choose one):

    [  ] Oral only
    [  ] Poster only
    [  ] Either Oral or Poster

    6. Abstract Narrative (Max 300 words)

    Presenter Notes:

    • If your abstract is accepted, you will be notified by September 15, 2023 and you will have until October 15, 2023 to formally accept.

    • Presentations should not be commercial in nature. Any abstract that appears to be promoting a company, product, or service will not be considered.​​​​​​​

    • All accepted abstract applicants must register and pay to attend the conference​​​​​​​

    Create a Profile and Submit an Abstract

    Abstract Submission Instructions:

    • First, click the "Speaker Profile & Abstract Form" button above, and then follow these instructions.
    • Create a profile by selecting "New User? Click Here" below.  You will use your profile to login prior to submitting.
    • ​​​​​​​*After your profile is created, you will be returned to the main page with a top navagation bar with the following three options.*
      • 'Call for Abstracts'     'My Profile'     'Submit an Abstract'​​​​​​​
    • Click 'Submit an Abstract on the top navigation bar.
      • A page will open that says 'Your Submissions' where you will select 'add new'
      • To add Co-Presenters select 'add new'
      • You may save and return to this page anytime by logging into your profile
    • Once you save and submit, you will be brought to a submission page that will show your submissions and their status (ie, completed, incomplete, etc)


    Preparing Your SubmissionDue Date

    Abstracts due - Deadline extended!

    October 1, 2023

    Applicants will be notified of outcome

    October 15, 2023

    Applicants must notify ICEL4 of acceptance

    November 1, 2023

    Presentation Materials Due

    February 15, 2024