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Posted: Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Graduate Intern

Sunday, December 31st, 2017
MedStar Washington Hospital Center, John J. Lynch MD Center for Ethics

Washington , DC , United States

Kahlia Keita
The John J. Lynch MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (hereafter referred to as the Center) invites applications for our several Center internships. MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), is a 900+ bed, Level I trauma center that provides a rich clinical ethics experience for interns at every level of training. Because the Center provides a 24/7, 365 day a year clinical ethics consultation (CEC) service, running approximately 300 CECs yearly, interns are assured a deep clinical ethics experience.

Interns join the professional staff for all activities. Interns attend meetings of our hospital’s ethics committee, its subcommittees of education, consultation, policy and organizational ethics and various other regularly scheduled meetings, such as disaster preparedness. Interns also accompany Center faculty for sundry ad hoc meetings, such as those just held at the MedStar corporate level related to legislation in the District of Columbia about physician aid in dying.

Interns are involved in all Center educational activities such as our collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center to create greater District-wide community for clinical ethicists and interested others. Interns attend internal education activities such as noon conferences for residents by Center faculty and moral distress programming for everyone.

Interns will join unit work rounds with members of the Center group, including in our nine (9) intensive care units, our high risk OB program and our heart transplant program. Interns do independent capstone presentations to the hospital’s ethics committee and/or other body that can be mentored by Center faculty into a publishable piece of writing.


Applicants should have course work or related experience in bioethics, with particular interest in clinical ethics. Also, applicants must have strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills.

Applicants must submit: a letter of intent outlining his/her interest in the field of clinical ethics, a writing sample, a letter of recommendation from a professor/mentor, and a current transcript.

Inquiries and completed applications should be sent via email to: Kahlia Keita, MA, JD, , John J. Lynch MD Center for Ethics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street NW, EB-3108, Washington, DC 20010.

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