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Posted: Thursday, September 10th, 2020
JOB TITLE: UCLA Health – Clinical Ethics Fellow
DEADLINE: ***Now actively reviewing applications submitted on or before 10/19, but still accepting applications***
Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States
CONTACT: Naira Shirvanyan
TELEPHONE: 310-267-3104

The UCLA Health Ethics Center is seeking applicants for their Clinical Ethics Fellowship Program. The successful applicant will commit to a demanding clinical schedule, providing supervised clinical ethics consultation, on call coverage, education throughout the UCLA Health system, assistance in developing policies, service as a member of three ethics committees and participating in the Center’s scholarly and research projects.

The Ethics Center was founded in 2002 with the goal of strengthening the Health System’s ethical commitments and improving the humanistic aspects of health care provided for patients and their families. The Center serves the needs of the UCLA Health System’s four hospitals (which rank among the best in the nation). The Center enjoys robust institutional support and is a leader in developing innovative clinical ethics programs.

UCLA Health Ethics Center’s primary commitment is to the promotion of excellence in patient care. Given the value-laden nature of healthcare, this excellence can only be achieved in care environments where moral insight, sensitivity and commitment flourish. Our Fellowship program exists to educate and train gifted individuals who share this vision.

Given the volume and complexity of UCLA ethics consultation (which includes transplant medicine, trauma surgery, oncology, emergency medicine, psychiatry, neurology, neonatology, pediatrics and gerontology), our close relationship with various academic departments at the university and the intensive individual mentorship and thorough assessment built into our program, we believe that our program provides our fellows with an unrivalled opportunity to acquire and refine the full range of skills necessary to offer clinical ethics consultation and education on a highly competent professional basis. It is our confident expectation that those who graduate from our program will be uniquely placed, both nationally and internationally, to assume the responsibilities of leadership in clinical ethics as it emerges as a fully professional practice.

Interested candidates must submit their application using the following link:  

Please submit the following materials with their application:

2.Letter of Interest
3.Writing Sample
4.Three references (including name, email address and phone number)

***This is approximately a 20-month contract depending on the start date (Dec 2020/Jan 2021) that ends mid-August 2022***


The successful candidate must have a PhD in bioethics/health care ethics or in philosophical ethics with a bioethics related dissertation.

The successful candidate must also have a strong aptitude for clinical ethics, a commitment to the professionalization of clinical ethics, and be able to demonstrate significant potential to become a leader in the field. The ability to integrate cross-cultural care, end-of-life/palliative care, psycho social and spiritual care into clinical care is critical to this role. We are searching for a compassionate and empathetic professional with excellent interpersonal skills who is able to utilize critical and creative thinking in navigating complex ethical issues. A commitment to collaborative work in a fast-paced environment is essential.

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