Clinical Ethicist

Posted June 12th 2024

Case Western Reserve University/The MetroHealth System

Cleveland, OH

Working under general supervision, the Clinical Ethicist will provide consultation, community outreach, and education within the Department-Associated Center for Biomedical Ethics (CBME) at the MetroHealth System (MHS) in Cleveland, OH. Over time, the successful candidate will be able to (1) respond to ethics consult requests independently and as part of a team, (2) contribute to educational outreach by making their own contributions to student, health professional, and/or community level educational engagements, and (3) effectively provide administrative support for CBME activities. RA evaluation will focus on progress toward and achievement of these goals.

The CBME has a longstanding history of outstanding service, education, and research. Its clinical ethics consult service is very active, with over 340 consults last year.

1. Shadow the clinical ethics consult service until ready to serve on-call as the primary clinical ethics consultant. When ready, serve on-call (24/7) ~2 weeks per month as primary clinical ethics consultant, along with a senior clinical ethics consultant. Consultations are held with health care providers, patients, and their families to address complex ethical issues and provide guidance on ethical decision making. Document ethical consultations and recommendations in accordance with organizational policies and procedures. (60%)
2. Regularly attend rounds in intensive care units and ethics committee meetings. Attend and participate in relevant CBME and MHS meetings. (10%)
3. Mentor and train students and trainees; oversee work and ensure projects are being completed in a timely fashion and according to benchmarks. Assist and teach rotating ethics students and trainees. Coordinate trainings for students, trainees, and other members as needed. May supervise students, trainees, and other staff members. Ensure proper procedures are followed and ensure adequate resources are provided to maintain smooth operations for students and other clinical ethics trainees. (10%)
4. Develop and deliver clinical bioethics educational and outreach programs. Collaborate with community organizations and stakeholders to promote ethical practices and raise awareness about ethical issues in health care. (10%)
5. Participate in the development of policies and procedures related to ethical decision making and patient care. Conduct research and publish articles on ethical issues in health care to contribute to the field of medical ethics. (5%)

1. Assist with various administrative tasks, such as the consult rotation schedule. (3%)
2. Perform other duties as assigned. (2%)

Department: MetroHealth CBME members; Department of Bioethics faculty and staff (continuous)

University/Hospital: Hospital departments and services on an as needed basis to coordinate meetings, presentations, and events, and to exchange information; other university/hospital departments as needed (continuous).

External: external clinical ethics consultation services and external support services (adult protective services, probate court, board of developmental disabilities, etc.) moderate

Students: Undergraduate and graduate, including bioethics, humanities, medical, nursing, and physician-assistant students (occasional)

May assist with the mentorship/supervision of students and other clinical ethics trainee(s).

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of work experience in a health-care related field
Education: Graduate degree (Masters, PhD, JD, MD, DO, etc.) required. Degree in Bioethics or related health care field preferred.

1. Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills. Must demonstrate the ability to effectively and professionally communicate and work with various individuals within and external to MHS and CWRU.
2. Masters-level expertise in bioethics/clinical ethics.
3. Ability to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration
4. Educational and presentational skills: Ability to distill and communicate practical clinical ethics concepts and principles in clinical education settings.
5. Strong organization skills: Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and follow-through. Must be able to work under pressure and conform to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines.
6. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable, and a self starter.
7. Effective problem-solving skills: Must demonstrate innovation and creativity, excellent analytical skills, sound judgment, and good decision making.
8. Good computer skills, including database management.

This position will be based at The MetroHealth System’s Main Campus with the expectation of working in-person ~5 days per week when on call and at least 3 days per week when off-call. Work will sometimes occur outside of normal hours when the applicant is carrying the on-call pager for the consult service. The MetroHealth CBME Offices are located on the MHS main campus, Hamann Building, Suite 706.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of work experience in a health-care related field
Education: Graduate degree (Masters, PhD, JD, MD, DO, etc.) required. Degree in Bioethics or related health care field preferred.

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