Posted: Friday, December 21st, 2018
The Manager, Bioethics will collaborate with the Director, Bioethics to lead the new Center for Bioethics in its mission to create an environment where all clinical, administrative, academic, and research activities reflect Hackensack Meridian Health's values of quality, integrity, professionalism, teamwork, and communication. This is a leadership position. Bioethicists address ethical and moral issues in all aspects of health care. The Manager, Bioethics will consult on clinical cases to address ethical dilemmas that arise in the care of specific patients, as well as develop policies to address systems and organizational ethics issues, provide education to team members, students, trainees, and volunteers, collaborate on quality initiatives to assess and improve bioethics consultation, and engage in bioethics scholarship. The Manager, Bioethics will support the Center for Bioethics in leading collaborations across HMH and with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall.
1. Coordinate and independently perform bioethics consultations in the clinical setting at HUMC and Palisades Medical Center. These responsibilities include: a. Respond to consult requests within 24 hours Monday-Friday by gathering initial information about the case from the requester and the attending physician, reviewing the medical record, meeting with key members of the care team and administration, as appropriate. b. Share night/weekend bioethics consultation phone coverage with the Dir, Bioethics. c. Conduct complex conversations/meetings with clinicians, patients, families, risk management, legal counsel, administration, and others. d. Document the consultation recommendations and ethical analysis in the medical record. e. Follow up and monitor implementation of the agreed-upon resolution. f. Provide education to interested members of the Bioethics Committee at HUMC, in order to develop and enhance their bioethics knowledge and consultation skills and create a small Bioethics Consultation Team, whose members would be available to participate in selected consultations. g. Summarize consultations for monthly report to and discussion by the Bioethics Committee. h. Collaborate on education of bioethics consultants across HMH, as requested. 2. Collaborate on quality initiatives to track and assess the impact and improve the outcome of bioethics consultation. 3. Support the HUMC Bioethics Committee, including co-chair subcommittees, and participate in monthly meetings, educational programs, and policy review and development. 4. Collaborate with the Dir, Bioethics in activities at the Center for Bioethics, to ensure the Center fulfills its mission. 5. Support Center programs, such as the annual Bioethics Symposium. 6. Provide bioethics education to team members, students, trainees, and volunteers at HUMC, as well as across HMH and at the HMSOM, as requested, in the form of Ethics Grand Rounds, Departmental Grand Rounds, formal teaching sessions during clinical rotations/clerkships and other lectures and case conferences. 7. Conduct regular and ad hoc bioethics teaching rounds and case discussions for attending and resident physicians, nurses and social workers in the clinical setting. 8. Assist the Director, Bioethics to supervise interns and students working with the Center for Bioethics on clinical, research and other projects. 9. Support HUMC initiatives and committees to ensure compliance with regulatory standards relevant to bioethics and patient rights. 10. Participate on working committees that address HUMC projects or activities with ethical implications and/or examine and draft or revise HUMC policies and procedures. 11. Participate on the Institutional Review Board in reviewing proposed research projects and protocols to ensure adherence to research ethics principles. 12. Collaborate with administration, the office of the Chief Medical Officer, Risk Management and Legal Counsel on policies, procedures and selected cases that raise ethical issues. 13. Provide ethics support to funded projects conducted by clinical and administrative departments, as requested. 14. Engage in bioethics scholarship. 15. Participate in the identification and analysis of ethical issues in the organizational setting, including researching and writing case presentations for the HUMC administration.
1. Terminal degree in a relevant field (MD, JD, PhD, PA, SW, RN)
2. Graduate-level knowledge of bioethics principles and concepts, and their practical application in the clinical, research, and organizational settings; methods of healthcare ethics consultation, organizational ethics, relevant healthcare law, and ethics program development.
3. Experience in clinical ethics consultation and bioethics education.
4. Outstanding written and oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, teaching and analytical skills.
5. Collaborative, empathic, and team-oriented.
6. Demonstrated ability to initiate, prioritize, and manage multiple projects.
7. Ability to work effectively with patients and families as well as healthcare professionals across disciplines.
1. Experience in quality improvement
2. Experience in bioethics curriculum development.
3. Master's or Doctoral degree in bioethics.
Contact Us: Erin.McDowell@hackensackmeridian.org