Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care

6th Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care - What the Golden Rule Really Means in Serving the LGBTQ+ Community

Sixth Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care

What the Golden Rule Really Means in Serving the LGBTQ+ Community

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
University of Maryland, Baltimore

Westminster Hall
519 W Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Gender identity, sexual orientation, and spirituality each play a part in forming our sense of self, our core values, and how we define community. Historically, health care systems and organized religions have not made efforts to identify the special needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and accommodate them, whether due to ignorance or bias. In this unique forum, we explore what the Golden Rule mandates in meeting ethical duties to promote well-being and "do no harm" for LGBTQ+ individuals seeking health care services. We welcome health care providers, ethics committee members, members of faith communities, and anyone interested in serving as an ally for the LGBTQ+ community as we explore ethical issues related to access and inclusion in health care delivery.

Conference Objectives

At the end of this conference, learners will be able to:

  1. Identify health care access and delivery disparities experience by LGBTQ+ individuals.
  2. Discuss ethical issues that arise in caring for LGBTQ+ individuals.
  3. Discuss the characteristics and advantages of interprofessional collaboration in providing care in the LGBTQ+ community.
  4. Explore how acceptance or rejection of an individual’s LGBTQ+ identity plays out in spiritual and religious practice and implications involved.

Call for Abstracts

We invite individuals from all disciplines to submit abstracts describing research or quality improvement projects and initiatives that address the topics and themes of this conference. We especially are interested to receive abstracts from interprofessional working groups.  Please review the guidelines and corresponding timeline below. If you have any questions, please reach out to for assistance.

  • Open Date: July 15, 2019
  • Close Date: Sept. 23, 2019

Information and Guidelines

All abstracts should be submitted using the online submission process. Be sure to review the abstract submission guidelines before you begin. If you have questions during this process, contact Sonia Smith at or 410-706-3767.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  1. Prepare your abstract as a separate Word document and have all information ready before starting the submission process.
  2. In the case of multiple authors, we recommend only the primary presenter (person who will present) submit the abstract and required information.
  3. The primary presenter must provide the required information for all co-authors at the time of submission, whether the co-authors plan to attend or not. Abstracts that name co-authors but fail to include the required information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
  4. Provide the title of your abstract as you want it to appear in the program.
  5. Copy and paste the text from your abstract into the box provided in the online form. The form will accept no more than 500 words. Longer abstracts will be truncated at 500 words.
  6. Incomplete forms, alternative format submissions, emailed submissions, or faxed submissions will not be considered for review.


The primary presenter will receive email notification of the review committee's decision after October 1. The primary presenter is expected to relay this information to all co-authors.

Presenter Commitment and Registration

Your e-mail commitment to present must be received on or before October 8, in addition to completing the online registration form for the primary presenter. Failure to contact us and register by this deadline will constitute a decline to present.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Poster presenters can set up their posters November 7 beginning at 8:30 am, using the stands provided.

  • You will be assigned a numbered stand.
  • The poster corkboard dimensions are 33 inches long and 46 inches wide.
  • Posters should be printed on paper or other material that can be attached to the corkboard by pushpins, which will be provided.

The poster session will take place on November 7. Presenters should be stationed at their posters throughout the poster session time block, then plan to remove the poster immediately following the closing remarks.

Attendees will vote for a People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the closing session. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a complimentary registration for 2020.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

UMSON offers year-round opportunities for continuing education, which is now recognized for license renewal in Maryland. Take advantage of online, simulation, and in-person activities to enhance your professional development.