The UCLA Health Ethics Center is seeking applicants for a two-year Fellowship in Clinical Ethics who will commit themselves to a demanding clinical schedule providing supervised clinical ethics consultation, on call coverage, and education, collaboratively developing hospital policy, membership of each hospital ethics committee, and participating in the Center’s research projects.
The Ethics Center was founded in 2002, serves the needs of the UCLA Health’s four hospitals (which rank among the best in the nation), enjoys robust institutional support and is recognized as a leader in developing innovative programs in clinical ethics. The Center’s primary commitment is to the promotion of excellence in patient care. Given the value-laden nature of healthcare, this excellence can only be achieved in care environments where moral insight, sensitivity and commitment flourish.
Our Fellowship exists to educate and train gifted individuals who share this vision. The goal of the two-year program is to provide the fellows with the necessary clinical experience, education and research opportunities to graduate from the program as a professional Clinical Ethicist. Given the volume and complexity of UCLA ethics consultation (which includes transplant medicine, trauma surgery, oncology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurology, neonatology, pediatrics and gerontology etc.), our close relationship with various academic departments at the university and the intensive individual mentorship and thorough assessment built into our program, we believe that it provides our fellows with an unrivalled opportunity to acquire and refine the full range of skills necessary to offer ethics consultation on a highly competent basis. It is our confident expectation that those who graduate from our program will be uniquely placed both nationally and internationally to assume the responsibilities of leadership in clinical ethics as it emerges as a fully professional practice.
The Ethics Center is committed to the professionalization of clinical ethics and to the intellectual and practical excellence this demands. Applicants must therefore already possess an advance degree in bioethics to be admitted to the program. Specifically, eligible candidates must have obtained a PhD in health care ethics or in Philosophy with a specialization in health care ethics. A commitment to collaborative work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
In addition, applicants should have a commitment to working collaboratively, an ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and a genuine dedication to caring for patients and their families. We are searching for a compassionate and empathic professional with excellent interpersonal skills who is able to utilize critical and creative thinking to navigate the complex human dilemmas which give rise to requests for ethics consultation.
Stipend is $90,000 the first year and $95,000 the second year as the Sr. Fellow; plus excellent benefits. Fellowship entails a full-time commitment from August 15, 2018 – August 15, 2020.
2018-2020 Application to the Clinical Ethics Fellowship is now closed.***
James A. Hynds, LL.B, PhD
Valerye M. Milleson, PhD, MS (2017-2018)
John W. Frye III, PhD, MA (2017-2019)
Marie-Josée Potvin, PhD (2015-2017)
Tyler S. Gibb, JD, PhD (2013-2015)
Western Michigan University, School of Medicine
Kevin M. Dirksen, M.Div., M.Sc. (2011-2013)
Providence Center for Health Care Ethics