Clinical Education of Ethicists: the Role of a Clinical Ethics Fellowship

Paula Chidwick, Karen Faith, Dianne Godkin, Laurie Hardingham
Submitted: November, 2008

Although clinical ethicists are becoming more prevalent in healthcare settings, their required training and education have not been clearly delineated. Most agree that training and education are important, but their nature and delivery remain topics of debate. One option is through completion of a clinical ethics fellowship. In this paper, the first four fellows to complete a newly developed fellowship program discuss their experiences. They report that the one-year fellowship provided real-time clinical opportunities that helped them to develop the necessary knowledge and skills, gain insight into the role and scope of practice of clinical ethicists and hone valuable character traits.

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