Clinical Ethics Fellow - July 2023 Start

Posted April 28th 2023

Wellstar Health System

Atlanta, GA

Closing date
May 31st 2023

The Wellstar Fellowship in Clinical Ethics in seeking applicants for its 2023–2025 fellowship cohort. The Wellstar Ethics Program recently received funding from Wellstar’s Hospice Foundation to fund a second fellow for this cohort. The fellow would be expected to start on or around July 3, 2023.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 31, 2023. To apply or for more information, please email

The aim of the Wellstar Fellowship in Clinical Ethics is to promote advanced competencies in our fellows such that graduates are prepared for employment as clinical ethicists or ethics program leaders in a variety of healthcare settings.

This two-year, full-time, non-ACGME program is designed to offer the necessary training for graduates to be able to deliver quality ethics consultation and engage in other fundamental clinical ethics activities.

Our training is based on the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation and the most current competencies and milestones identified within the field.

Some graduates may seek employment in academic bioethics, in which case we believe their clinical preparation will strengthen their academic work and enable them to ground their scholarship, research, and teaching in clinical realities.

• Our fellows’ opportunity for experiential learning is unparalleled. Wellstar’s Ethics Consultation Service is one of the largest and most active services in the nation (over 850 consults in fiscal year 2021-2022, across nine hospitals, three inpatient hospice facilities, three skilled nursing facilities, and numerous outpatient sites). Most fellows participate in >200 consults by the end of their first year.

• We believe in training our fellows in more than ethics consultation—although our fellows get plenty of experience in this domain. Our team is committed to developing graduates who will be well-rounded as clinical ethicists and capable as leaders of ethics programs and leaders in the field. This commitment leads us to emphasize a holistic view of the spectrum of healthcare delivery (via robust external rotation opportunities, including those that intersect with organizational ethics), a focus on ethics program design, and the building of methodological skills in clinical ethics QI work, among other domains.

• Fellows receive training and mentorship under the supervision of a large Ethics Program team. Fellows rotate with six Clinical Ethicists. As fellows build their skills and grow into their own authentic mode of delivering ethics consultation and other clinical ethics support, we believe learning from a large team with diverse experiences is essential. Fellows also work with our Ethics Research Team Lead and Program Coordinators on research and other programmatic endeavors.

• Wellstar’s Ethics Program prides itself on being at the cutting edge of the field. We are continually evolving and innovating new ethics programming and initiatives. We were the first program in the United States to discontinue ethics committees in favor of an alternative—and we believe stronger—model of engagement by healthcare professionals. Our staff are involved in national collaborations across the clinical ethics community in furtherance of shaping the future of the field.

• As the field continues to grow and professionalize, fellowship graduates will need to have skills in building and expanding ethics programs, often at hospitals and health systems with no pre-existing structure. Our Ethics Program was founded in 2015 and has continued to experience growth and expansion since. Our commitment to innovation and our continued integration across the health system provide unique opportunities for fellows to develop program-building skills during fellowship training. With support from experienced staff, we empower our fellows to go from idea to implementation and to cultivate the skills they will need in their future roles.

To graduate fellows who excel as clinical ethicists and ethics program leaders.

To shape the future of the field in ways that markedly enhance support for the ethical dimensions of patient care.

We promote quality. We nurture practical learning. We innovate training.

Learn more about the fellowship structure and program plan for the Wellstar Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at

To apply or for more information, please email Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 31, 2023.

Applications will be considered from those who have a terminal post-graduate degree (PhD, JD, MD, or equivalent) in bioethics, medicine, philosophy, law, religion, nursing, social work, or another field related to the practice of clinical or academic bioethics. ABD candidates will be considered if their dissertation significantly relates to clinical ethics and will be completed within the first twelve months of fellowship.

Application materials should include:
1. A curriculum vitae.
2. A cover letter outlining the candidate’s interest in this fellowship, the candidate’s qualifications, and the candidate’s career goals. If applying as an ABD candidate, the cover letter must also explain: the dissertation project and its relation to clinical ethics, as well as projected timeline for completion.
3. One to three examples of scholarly writing (preferably to include at least one published or peer-reviewed paper).
4. Three letters of recommendation (submitted directly).

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