Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics

Posted August 11th 2022

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics

The Cleveland Fellowship in Bioethics (CFAB) is dedicated to training leaders in Clinical Ethics. It is our belief that a robust clinical training program must not only prepare fellows to perform clinical ethics consultation independently and contribute to existing scholarship, but also lead an ethics program. As such, in addition to developing expertise in clinical ethics consultation and furthering scholarship portfolios, fellows will develop skills that will enable them to build, revitalize or maintain existing clinical ethics programs. Our high-volume clinical service and structured curriculum ensures that professionals who complete the fellowship are prepared for a sustainable career in clinical ethics.

Fellows will train with experienced clinical ethicists and bedside clinicians while collaborating on a high-volume ethics consultation service (>750 consultations per year within the Cleveland Clinic Health System). Most fellows participate in more than 250 ethics consultations with increasing independence over the course of the fellowship, providing unparalleled clinical experience. Additional opportunities exist for trainees to specialize in a chosen clinical area. The selected fellow will be expected to contribute to the service mission of the Cleveland Clinic.

This is a full time, onsite fellowship. Our curriculum ensures that fellows and a diverse faculty engage in high-level discussion of critical moral issues in medicine regionally, nationally and internationally, as well as partake in reflective discussions and simulations to enhance clinical service skills. Training opportunities in communication, leadership, and program development are available. Through long-standing collaborations, there may also be an opportunity to work with ethics professionals at other health care or academic institutions in the Cleveland area (Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, the MetroHealth System, and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center) and nationally.

Applications will be considered from professionals with terminal post-graduate degrees (MD, JD, PhD) in medicine, philosophy, nursing, social work, religious studies, law, or other fields related to the practice of clinical and academic bioethics. Priority will be given to applicants with strong potential for leadership in the field and demonstrated clinical experience.

The starting salary for the 2023-2025 cohort is $50,000 and total compensation includes healthcare insurance and other benefits. The Cleveland Clinic supports conference participation and other professional development.

The next fellowship class begins July 1, 2023. The application deadline is November 1, 2022. Additional information and application guidelines are available at:

Living in Cleveland:

Cleveland is home to numerous diverse, inclusive communities with close proximity to Cleveland Clinic’s hospitals. With a population of approximately 1.2 million in Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio offers a favorable cost of living and less traffic than most expect for similar sized cities.

Located right on Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts scenic water vistas and geographic beauty with true four seasons. Water sports, beaches, and lakefront parks are particularly popular during the temperate summer months. There are well maintained public parks with playgrounds, golf courses, tennis courts, bike paths and nature centers as well as National Parks within minutes of most neighborhoods. It is easy travel to NY, DC, Toronto, Chicago, Louisville/Lexington, Pittsburgh, Michigan, and mountains with ski areas and hiking.

For those who enjoy the arts, Cleveland is home to world class cultural amenities that include the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the vibrant Playhouse Square theatre district. Sports enthusiasts can take in professional basketball, baseball, and football games year round with home team venues all centrally located in downtown Cleveland. The restaurant scene is as diverse as it is robust, with offerings for all palates and preferences that include breweries, a Little Italy, and celebrity chefs who bring their talents to our local tables. Farmers’ markets and the famous West Side Market keep those who love to cook well stocked with locally sourced finds.

Working at Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a global leader and model of healthcare for the future. We work as a team with the patient at the center of care. As a truly integrated healthcare delivery system, we take on the most complex cases and provide collaborative, multidisciplinary care supported with cutting-edge research and technology. We treat patients and fellow caregivers as family and Cleveland Clinic as our home.

For more information, contact:
Sundus Riaz, Fellowship Coordinator
Center for Bioethics
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue, JJ-60
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216-445-2739

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