Clinical Ethics and End-of-Life Care e-Course

Format: Virtual
Dates: 11-12 May, 2023


Carole BOULANGER –  ACCP/RN, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom; 

Andrej MICHALSEN – MD, MPH, consultant in Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Konstanz General Hospital, Konstanz, Germany. Section on Ethics member, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine 

Endorsement: The Clinical Ethics and End-of-Life Care e-Course is endorsed by the Ethics Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Clinical Ethics and End-of-Life Care require specific knowledge and expertise – and probably also a particular temperament. Join our e-Course and learn how to assess the severity of illness and prognosis, consider relevant ethical, legal, religious, and cultural issues, communicate effectively with patients, relatives and medical staff and minimize their distress, boost team-working, and make clear decisions in accordance with the patients’ wishes. 

After registering for the event, ensure you access the pre-course materials available for study in the dedicated online classroom on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY registered participants can access the dedicated classroom.

IMPORTANT! A total of 10 places will be offered for FREE to participants coming from Low and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC), as per the World Bank classification. If you are interested to apply for an LMIC place, send us your letter of interest and CV to Applicants will be selected based on gender equity, equitable geographical representation, levels of expertise, with special attention to multidisciplinarity and interprofessionalism. Deadline for LMIC applications: April 23, 2023. 

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An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

  • Debates on current clinical topics in clinical ethics and end-of-life care
  • Interactive lectures blended with clinical scenarios and group activities
  • Opportunities to interactand share experiences among participants and with the team of international experts that will be facilitating the course
  • To recall the basic ethical principles and understand the ethical and legal issues related to end-of-life care
  • To recognise when treatment may be “inappropriate”
  • To value clear communication pertaining to treatment goals and preferences
  • To explain factors which may influence attitudes to death
  • To discuss end-of-life decisions with members of the health care team and promote their participation in decision-making
  • To communicate effectively with relatives who may be anxious, angry, confused, or litigious
  • To understand the role of palliative care, to support dying patients and their families and relieve their distress
  • Ethical principles and reasoning
  • Ethical climate in ICUs
  • Indication and prognostication
  • Communication and shared decision-making regarding end-of-life care
  • The role of palliative care
  • Principles and practice of limiting life-sustaining treatments
  • Prioritization of scarce resources

  • Juniors physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals with an ICU background or a special interest in Clinical Ethics and End-of-Life Care
  • Senior intensivists seeking for a review on the topic

Highlights from previous editions


A total of 10 experts and 36 participants from 14 countries engaged in highly interactive debates on ethical reasoning, palliative care, limitation of LST, shared decision-making, prioritisation of scarce resources and much more. Here are some of their comments on this immersive educational format:

  • Really interesting day, very useful!
  • It was really an inspiring experience.
  • Thank you for these great two days! It’s been a pleasure to attend this e-Master Class.
  • Thank you all for these very fruitful two days.


Despite the uncertain context, the second edition of the End-of-Life Care Master Class has just wrapped up, this time virtually! A total of 10 experts and 76 participants from 26 countries engaged in interactive activities and case-based discussions. Here are some of their comments on this innovative educational format:

  • Highly recommended course. I could share my experiences and learn from experts. The academy was amazing. I’m more enlightened. Thank you!
  • I was very happy to see that my dilemMas are common, that my problems are common too
  • My ideas were challenged and I feel refreshed and enlightened
  • Thank you all for perfect and inspirative 2 days
  • Very stimulating, provocative full of inspiration and even therapeutic at some moments!
  • Thanks to everyone. It’s been a very informative and thought-provoking 2 days


The 1st edition of End-of-Life Care has just wrapped up. A total of 9 experts and 42 participants from 18 countries came together for 2 days at the ESICM Training Centre in Brussels. Here are some of their comments on what they liked best:

  • Meeting like-minded colleagues -feel less isolated in thinking. Insight into cultural, religious, country differences and similarities re topic.
  • Multinational course
  • Learning from other professionals, good open discussions and debates. Approachability of directors and faculty.
  • All the participants were rather experienced, so the level of the discussions was very high and it was great to meet so many people from different countries and to learn about their different perceptions of ethical issues in the ICU
  • Excellent, experienced, enthusiastic faculty, still humble and open to new thoughts and ideas!
  • The topic is of utmost importance to the field. Finally,- finalement – endlich has the ESICM organised a Masterclass on this topic. Thanks a lot for that.