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10th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics


10th ICMM Workshop on Military Medical Ethics


26-28 April 2021



Medical Rules of Eligibility and Medical Care under Resource Scarcity

The MME Workshop usually held a the Forum Lilienberg will be held as an online only workshop in 2021 as we expect that travel restrictions due to COVID-19 will not allow to gather a workshop group in Switzerland as usual.

We plan to be back in Ermatingen for the 11th workshop in 2022.

The questions according to which rules patients are admitted for treatment and which (potential) patient gets what kind of treatment in situations when medical resources are insufficient is a major source of ethical challenges - both for military and humanitarian health care providers. First, because resource scarcity is a feature common to many environments they are working in and ethical challenges related to it therefore often occur. Second, not being able to treat everybody in need necessarily leads to selecting one patient in favor of another one who will not get (a potentially life-saving) treatment. Being forced to not accept patients or even to send them away obviously causes ethical worries.
Even though resource scarcity is frequently encountered practical issue (hardly avoidable in many contexts) and dealing with it leads to ethical problems, there is no universal or generally satisfactory solution to it. We therefore propose to analyze different aspects of the topic and to exchange on experiences and regulations of different organizations, cultures, and contexts with the aim of better understanding the reasons for ethical troubles and to avoid (some of) them in the future.
To shed light at the topic from a variety of perspectives we will have field reports (e.g. case studies, experienc briefings, policy analyes) as well as philosophical papers and legal background analyses. In line with the tradition of the workshop series, presentations will include perspectives of both military and humanitarian health care providers.

The program of the workshop can be downloaded as PDF here.
• The online sessions of the workshops will be held on all three workshop days from 1400–1800 CEST (UTC+2)

SIWF Accreditation
We seek the accreditation of the workshop by the Swiss Institute for Postgraduate and Further Education in Medicine (SIWF / ISFM). Participants will receive a certificate and can check with their national institutions if the credit points are accepted by them. Details will be published when available.

Application Process
• Applications can be sent through the online application form available at

Please be aware that places at the workshop are limited as we want to keep the format of the workshop as close as possible to the previous years, which includes time and opportunity for discussions. These are only possible in a smaller group and we can therefore not accomodate more than 40 people in total (including the speakers and faculty members). Participants will be selected with the aim of putting together a well-balanced group of speakers and participants to allow for productive discussions.

Criteria for selection
• The motivation and previous knowledge/ expertise/ experience of applicants
• The function and institutional role of applicants
• Date the application is received
• The number of participants per country can be limited
We will proceed all received applications a first time after 1 March 2021 and admit a first group of participants then. No information on definitive admission can be given before that date. If places remain available, a second (and third) round may follow later and the information will be updated here.

Workshop Fee
Workshop Fee for participants: 50 CHF (to be payed via PayPal)
Includes the following:
• Access to the online workshop
• Access to online documentation of the workshop

Online workshop - Technical information
• The workshop will be held via the zoom videoconferencing software. Participants are responsible that the internet connection and technical requirements are met.
• The number of participants will be restricted as we want to encourage a similar engagement with the audience as usual at the Forum Lilienberg.
• Livestreaming to YouTube is not planned, neither will recordings be made or allowed.

Workshop organisation
Scientific Coordination
Dr. phil. Daniel MESSELKEN
Lt Col David WINKLER, MD, PhD

Organisation & Logistics
Zurich Center for Military Medical Ethics
Swiss Armed Forces, Medical Services Directorate
ICMM Center of Reference for Education on IHL and Ethics


For more information on the workshop:
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