Clinical Ethics Fellow

Posted January 13th 2023

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas

Closing date
February 17th 2023

The Section of Integrated Ethics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is seeking applicants for our full-time, two-year compensated, Clinical Ethics Fellowship. Fellows are exposed to the demands of clinical medicine and its ethical issues and dilemmas.
The program provides an intensive clinical experience in ethics for individuals with advanced degrees in ethics and related fields, enabling graduated Fellows to be competitive for positions in healthcare ethics consultation and bioethics in an academic setting.
The services of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care include clinical and research consultations, academics, research and policy development spanning all components of MD Anderson Cancer Center, including regional, national and international affiliates.
Fellowship Components:
Clinical Ethics Fellows are expected to develop a personalized learning plan in collaboration with their supervisor. Learning opportunities include:
 Training in ethics case consultations, through observation and supervised independent conducting of ethics consultations, including collection of data, follow-up with healthcare team, and completion of documentation.
 Rounding regularly in the inpatient units and outpatient centers.
 Participation in meetings of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee, as well as its task forces and various subcommittees.
 A research project, either of the Fellow’s own design or a component of the ongoing research of Integrated Ethics. From this project, a manuscript of publishable quality is to be produced by the Fellow.
 Participation in bioethics conferences, workshops, seminars, and/or lectures.
 Participation in policy development facilitated by the Integrated Ethics faculty.
 Teaching medical students and residents and staff.
 A terminal degree in an academic or professional discipline with preference given to candidates with doctorates in bioethics, philosophy, theology, nursing, behavioral sciences, social sciences, medicine or law.
 Strong written and oral communication skills.
 Skills in communications, team interaction, and conflict resolution are also required.
 Ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve goals.

How to Apply:
Please contact:
Karen Terrell, MBA/HCM
Program Manager
Phone: 713-745-8445

Application Requirements:
 Official transcripts from highest degree (original must be sent directly from the accrediting university to Integrated Ethics c/o Karen Terrell)
 Three letters of recommendation from diverse individuals (e.g. employer, professor, academic advisor, someone able to attest to one’s character and skills) stating length of time and capacity in which the individual has known you and why both you and Integrated Ethics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center would benefit from your participation in the Fellowship
 Current Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications (if any)
 Letter of intent that covers the following topics:
o Why you are interested in the Fellowship
o Personal traits that make you well-suited for the Fellowship
o Experiences that have prepared you for the Fellowship
o Potential research area(s)
o A one- to two-page description and discussion of a current ethical issue that you have confronted personally, or you find particularly challenging
o In keeping with the condition for employment, upon notification, the Fellow will be required to submit a chest X-ray report, physician’s certification of general health, immunization record and current TB test record in order to be appointed.
 On-site or Telephone interview for top candidates. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will pay for travel, lodging and meals for the interview.

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