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Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
JOB TITLE: Ethics Fellow
DEADLINE: Monday, April 30th, 2018
LOCATION: Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
CONTACT: Kyle Anstey
TELEPHONE: 587-779-3720
Your Opportunity:

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the single health authority for the province of Alberta, and the largest single health authority in Canada. The AHS mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. To support this mission across the province of Alberta, AHS is Canada’s fifth largest employer, and the AHS Clinical Ethics Service one of the largest in North America. The AHS Clinical Ethics Service invites applications for two full-time positions as Clinical Ethics Fellows for a two-year mentored training program commencing September 4, 2018. The Fellowship is designed to provide individuals who have formal training in ethics with exposure to the practice of clinical ethics in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical Ethics Fellows will benefit from the wide scope of AHS activity: the service is accessible by 400 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, mental health facilities and community health sites. This gives fellows exposure to a high volume and complexity of consultations that will leave them better prepared for work in Clinical Ethics. All Non-Union/Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusions in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.


The purpose of the AHS Clinical Ethics Fellowship is to contribute to the training of the next generation of Clinical Ethicists, ensuring that health organizations can meet ongoing demand for quality candidates that possess the competencies and skills recognized by the emerging profession of practicing healthcare ethicists. To that end, the Fellowship is aligned with the developing competencies and standards from the Canadian Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The Clinical Ethics Fellow contributes expertise in identifying, analyzing, managing and preventing ethical issues in patient care. This contribution is made within a full-time, two-year mentored training program. The program is divided into four six-month rotations at AHS Sites supervised by AHS Clinical Ethicists. Locations will include Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer. In each rotation, Fellows will develop core knowledge and skills competencies recognized as requisite for the emerging profession of Clinical Ethicist. Under the supervision of AHS Clinical Ethicists, these competencies will be developed in delivery of clinical ethics consultation; education to healthcare providers on ethical issues in patient care and organizational ethics activities including policy development and review. Knowledge competence will be further attained through one mentored reading course per rotation. Knowledge and skills competencies will be evaluated through self-and supervisor assessment; consult portfolio review and original, fellowship-informed contributions to the clinical ethics literature. Fellows will be provided with a stipend of $55,000 per annum to cover living, accommodation, travel and other expenses.

• Union: Exempt
• Department: Corp AHS.Clinical Ethics
• Temporary Employee Class: Temp Full Time
• FTE: 1.00
• Posting End Date: 30-APR-2018
• Date Available: 04-SEP-2018
• Temporary End Date: 28-SEP-2020
• Hours per Shift: 7.75
• Length of Shift in weeks: 2
• Shifts per cycle: 10
• Shift Pattern: Days
• Days Off: Saturday/Sunday
• Minimum Salary: $27.19
• Maximum Salary: $30.78
• Vehicle Requirement: N/A

Required Qualifications:

A graduate degree in Bioethics, Philosophy or Applied Ethics conferred before the start of the fellowship. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Applicants are asked to submit the following: 1. Curriculum vitae. 2. A cover letter (maximum two pages) describing the following: Why your employment and academic background makes you an ideal fellowship candidate. Relevant character traits that make you well suited for clinical ethics. Your goals post-fellowship. Areas of clinical practice and research that are of interest to you. 3. Three references with email addresses and phone numbers. Applications will be reviewed as received, on an on-going basis, with a deadline of April 30, 2018.

Additional Required Qualifications:

Outstanding verbal and written communication and presenting skills. High level of maturity; self-awareness of personal and intellectual biases. Predisposition to self-effacement; ability to bracket personal for the sake of greater good in patient care, team, and organizational settings. Intellectual humility; recognition of personal and professional fallibility, and of the potential limitations of ethics expertise and consultants.

Preferred Qualifications:

A PhD in Bioethics, Philosophy or Applied Ethics conferred before the start of the fellowship. Experience in clinical settings. Training in mediation or conflict resolution. Experience and proficiency in facilitation of group discussions over emotionally and morally charged issues. Track record in working with, and fostering the development of, highly effective teams working collaboratively in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

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