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Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Clinical Bioethics Fellow
DEADLINE: Thursday, April 15th, 2021
LOCATION: Henry Ford Health System
Detroit, Michigan
CONTACT: Patrick McCabe


Clinical Ethics Fellowship

Duration: 2 year

Start date: July 2021

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the search will continue until a candidate has been identified for the position.


Objective: Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan offers an exciting opportunity for a clinical ethics fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to provide an intensive practical training in clinical ethics consultation in a multi-hospital system with a diverse multi-cultural patient population. The focus is to train fellows with the skills and experience required for clinical ethics consultation in a varieties of health care settings. Work will include exposure to a variety of practice areas from clinics to a large metropolitan, level 1 trauma center with all solid organ transplants, NICU, Advanced Cardiology with ECMO, VAD programs, and a new multi-million-dollar Cancer Center as well as smaller community-based hospitals within our 5 hospital system. This fellowship program is the ideal training opportunity to acquire skills required in a clinical ethicist/ethics consultant and covers the ASBH’s Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultations. It is expected that by the completion of the fellowship, the fellow will be able to proficiently and independently conduct clinical ethics consultations and pass the ASBH HEC-C exam. The candidate is expected to have a solid academic knowledge of bioethics coming into the fellowship, as this program is not intended to be an academic exposure to bioethics.


Program: The Clinical Ethics Fellow will work under the supervision of the Senior Bioethicist. The Clinical Ethics Fellowship includes the following components:

  1. Clinical Ethics Consultation across all levels of medical care, all ages, and specialties.   
  2. Clinical Ethics Documentation utilizing an electronic health record system
  3. Discussion of clinical ethics issues as they arise in the course of an active clinical case
  4. Participation in Clinical Rounds providing ethics input
  5. Participation across a broad range of hospitals within our System and Communities
  6. Participation in the educational activities of the Department, including the teaching of medical students and house staff across a broad system in multiple settings.
  7. Assist with ethics policy development
  8. Participation in monthly case conferences and participation in the Palliative journal club
  1. Opportunity to work in a variety of other Henry Ford Health System hospitals’ ethics committees
  1. Mentored scholarship in clinical or research ethics including a capstone project
  2. Participation in a major hospital IRB for ethical input
  3. Active participation on the ethics consultation service, including supervised on-call


  • Candidates are required to have an advanced degree in Bioethics or Health Care Ethics, preferably a Doctorate or a Master’s degree.
  • Clinical experience in a relevant area of practice, which could include medicine, nursing, bioethics, social work, clinical psychology, chaplaincy, and/or health law. Interdisciplinary training and experience a plus.
  • Ability to travel moderate distances during the day between institutions independently
  • Additional Characteristics Needed:
  • Compassion, empathy, open-mindedness, and the ability to integrate the clinical,

psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, and institutional dimensions of ethical decision-making.

  • Exceptional analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially with a diverse professional and lay staff.
  • Scholarly initiative and creativity


Application Process: Please submit the following to Dr. Karen Smith, Director of Ethics Integration, at   

  • Cover Letter
  • 2 Letters of reference
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement explaining your interest in the fellowship and why you should be considered. This statement should also include your academic and research interests and the area in which you may wish to pursue your research project during the course of your fellowship. Statement must not exceed 750 words.


Compensation: A competitive salary with excellent benefits will be offered for this position. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


Deadline for Application:  April 15, 2021

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